The Replacements – All Shook Down

Better! By this point it’s not really a Replacements album, but did the last one deserve to be? I’m thinking you’re thinking I’m thinking “no.” And if you’re thinking right that’s no mashed quotatoes, I’m saying “no.” It’s a Paul Westerberg solo album in that the other Replacements aren’t generally present except for “Attitude,” but was the last album really a stew of influences? I’m thinking you’re thinking I’m thinking “no.” And if you’re thinking right that’s no mashed quotatoes, I’m saying “no.”

Where was I? Oh, right, well, this album is still a battle with facelessness, and there are many nothing songs that flutter by with hardly a notice, but for the significant part there’s some life here. “Someone Take The Wheel”? that’s a genuinely sad kinda statement! “Attitude” is positively great! “Nobody” has a genuinely great moment where the acoustic guitar joins in for a second! I mean, it’s by few means something anyone will really take life lessons from, and nobody would remember where they were when they first heard it (I was at work, two weeks ago), but it’s at least not angering. It’s nice to listen to.

The bonus track are mostly boring demoes, including two versions of an awful song awfully called “Kissin’ In Action,” but there’s a sad song called “Tiny Paper Planes” that brings a sadness to my heart, even if it doesn’t tear up my eyes or tear up my papers.

I also think that the first verse of “Happy Town” sounds like the intro theme to a lame sitcom, but that’s just me.

6/10 

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