Sugar: Copper Blue (1992)
There are a number of stand-outs that still hold up well a quarter-century later: The jangly, power pop single "If I Can't Change Your Mind" is probably one of the best stand-alone songs Mould has ever offered, but you've also got the dense, catchy pop-rock of "Helpless"; the Pixies-like (ok, VERY Pixies-like) loud-quiet-loud dynamic of the dark and disturbing "A Good Idea"; the Hüsker throwback post-punk noise-pop of "Changes"; and the complex, almost proggy lookback at Mould's solo work, "Hoover Dam." But really, it's pretty consistent start to finish, even the couple weaker tracks not all that bad.
In some ways this feels just a bit dated, with a distinctly 90s slickly-produced alt.rock sound, and these days I tend to overlook it in favor of other albums from the period (i.e. Pavement and Luna both released their debut albums that year). But the songs are undeniably great, a huge showcase for Mould's ability to devise a brilliant hook and back it with some serious oomph. (The deluxe remaster throws in a few nifty outtakes and a bonus live show, a terrific package.)
Here's the video for "If I Can't Change Your Mind":