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The Replacements – All Shook Down

7 Nov

Just by looking at the cover, All Shook Down looks a bit dreary and it’s easy to see why. It’s the final album from The Replacements, and the cover seems to fit the mood of a band on its last legs. Especially considering that this was actually supposed to be vocalist Paul Westerberg’s first solo album. With its numerous session musicians with only a few tracks featuring the full band, it seems to lack the energy of most of their previous albums. While it lacks infamous anthems like “Left of the Dial”, “Unsatisfied”, and “Here Comes a Regular”, that’s not to say it doesn’t have solid tracks.

Paul Westerberg was more or less a voice of a generation for many college rock fans, and even inspired much of the boom in alternative rock in the 90’s, it seems that along with his audience, Westerberg was growing up. As a 30 year old man, it seems like he knew he was getting too old, and probably too tired to be singing about adolescent angst. This is pretty evident as their albums were progressively getting more mellowed out, almost like he shook out much of the anger he’s had before.

Despite being one of their more mellow albums, it still features typical Westerberg lyrical tropes, like his heart on a sleeve feelings that are largely self depreciating, and misfits trying to find a place Most of the tracks are very acoustic guitar driven, with roughly 3 out of the 4 tracks without them are fully electric with the other one being a piano driven track, with its appropriately titled “the Last”, with its multiple meanings, and strategically being placed as the last track on the last Replacements album. Even the lyrics can almost be interpreted towards being about the listener, especially with the final line: “It’s gotta last for always” is a great final nail in the coffin for a band with such a large legacy.

While definitely not as ambitious or as memorable as albums like Let it Be or Tim, it’s definitely a decent album. So while it won’t cater to fans of their rougher, it does cater to those who are fans of adult alternative rock. With bands like The Wallflowers, and Train, especially with the latter drawing influence from Westerberg’s music. Though in shear honesty, it’s not their best album, but it’s definitely not their worst.

rating 4/5

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The Replacements – Tim

17 Apr

 

The Replacements were formerly a Minneapolis Hardcore-punk act, but as seen in their previous album Let it Be, you could see that The Replacements were looking forward to expanding their sound farther than just bashing three chord songs and screaming. In Tim, their major label debut, you hear a further expansion from Let it Be into more of a sound referred to as “College Rock”, which is  more or less the 80’s version of what we now call Indie, and College Rock will later be known as Alternative rock. A critical success, Tim has stood the test of time and is not only recognized as one of the best albums of the 80’s, but one of the best of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine where it placed at 137 on their list of the 500 Greatest albums of all time

Unlike Let it Be, Tim has more of a consistent sound. Tim has more of an album feel rather whereas Let it Be was more of a collection of songs. The songs on Tim have a bit more of a jangly feel reminiscent of fellow College Rockers, REM. Examples would be “Kiss Me on the Bus” and “Waitress in the Sky” and many others. This album is also a lot more mellow sounding and softer than its predecessor. The only loud song would be “Dose of Thunder”. Don’t let the mellow sound push you away if you’re a fan of their older work, this album is filled with songs that many hardcore Mats fans consider some of their masterpiece songs. “Left of the Dial” is considered one of their best songs, if not the best song written by singer Paul Westerberg, and then there’s the melodramatic closer “Here Comes a Regular” which is in a different league of its own. Then there’s the anthem of teen angst “Bastards of Young” with its infamous music video of an unbroken shot of a record player

The album flows incredibly well together and it’s quite hard to not listen to its entirety from start to finish with “Here Comes a Regular” as possibly one of the best closers on not only a Replacements album, but on any album.

Grungie’s rating: 5/5