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Let It Be

The Replacements

1984

Let It Be

Album Summary

Let It Be is the third studio album by American rock band The Replacements. It was released on October 2, 1984 by Twin/Tone Records. A post-punk album with coming-of-age themes, Let It Be was recorded by the band after they had grown tired of playing loud and fast exclusively as on their 1983 Hootenanny album; the group decided to write songs that were, according to vocalist Paul Westerberg, "a little more sincere."Let It Be was well received by music critics and later ranked among the greatest albums of the 1980s by AllMusic and Rolling Stone magazine. Now considered a classic, Let It Be is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums, being ranked number 241 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was remastered and reissued in 2008, with six additional tracks and liner notes by Peter Jesperson.

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3.24

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5787

Genres

  • Indie
  • Rock
  • Post Punk
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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Has a song called androgynous and its a love song concerning two non binary people. In 1984. 5 stars

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

After the discord of The Beatles, the group sought to get back to basics with a rock LP and a film about its creation. This was the eventual result. As the 1960s wound down, so did the Beatles. The symmetry was perfect: youthful energy, optimism, and camaraderie had given over to cynicism, discord, and looking out for number one. As the decade's final year began, the White Album was still riding high on the charts and the Yellow Submarine soundtrack was days away from release. But the Beatles were in serious trouble. Nothing about being in the band was enjoyable or easy. The power vacuum left by the death of manager Brian Epstein a year and a half earlier had never been satisfactorily filled; Apple Corps, the multi-media company started by the band a year earlier, was bleeding money; and toughest of all, the once-Fab Four didn't generally enjoy being in the same room together. All were either married or close to it, closing in on 30, and tremendously weary of all they'd been through. Paul McCartney, the most devoted of the gang to the notion of the Beatles (Ringo Starr called him the "Beatleaholic"), thought that the group needed a special project to bring it together. Another White Album-style scenario, with the songwriters in the band working alone in separate studios, enlisting each other to serve as a de facto backup band, was bound to fail. Too much good will and trust had been lost. They needed something big they could all submit to. Several ideas were proposed, most involving a return of some kind to live performance: perhaps a live album of new songs or a huge show in a remote place; maybe the band would charter an ocean liner and make an album on it. Ultimately, it was decided that the band would be filmed on a soundstage rehearsing for a show and developing material for a new album-- a document of the Beatles at work. The theme for the project would be back-to-basics, a return of the group as a performing unit, sans overdubs, emphasizing their inherent musicality. Working title: Get Back. It was an awful idea. First, no one was sure exactly what he was supposed to be doing. Glyn Johns was there, a new presence behind the boards, but he never quite figured out if he was producing or just engineering. Regular producer George Martin was technically on board, but his participation was minimal. While Let It Be was initially meant to be a return to simplicity, Phil Spector's later involvement (he was brought in to "reproduce" the tracks, adding extra voices and instruments to thicken arrangements and remix the record, a decision made without McCartney's input) killed that angle. Organizational chaos aside, the sessions were painful. We all know what it feels like to be around people we don't like for days on end; if reality television has taught us anything, it's that a camera crew in a room full of such people does nothing to ease tension. The time the Beatles spent recording and filming was described by all as supremely unpleasant, despite a later uptick when they'd returned to finish up at Abbey Road. And when they finished, no one really liked what they'd laid down on tape. So not surprisingly, the essential nature of Let It Be is that it feels incomplete and fragmented; it's a difficult album to peg because the Beatles were never sure themselves what they wanted it to be. So the best way to approach it is as a collection of songs by guys who still were churning out classics with some regularity. It may not succeed on the level of the Beatles' previous albums, but there's enough good material to make it a worthy entry in their canon. Outside of the title track, there's little here that feels consequential to the Beatles' legacy. The easy acoustic shuffle of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney duet "Two of Us" has appeal, though, as do the prickly rhythmic drive of George Harrison's "For You Blue" and the bubbling Booker T-isms of McCartney's "Get Back". The swampy "I've Got a Feeling", possibly reflecting McCartney's recent interest in Canned Heat, is intriguing because it sounds so classic rock 70s. And Lennon's "Across the Universe", recorded during the White Album sessions and sounding like it was beamed in from somewhere else, has a certain ringing brilliance. For balance, there's "Dig a Pony" and the boogieing "One After 909", the latter actually written by Lennon and McCartney as kids in the fifties. Still, for plenty of good bands, the best of these would be career highlights. Recorded without joy, set aside for months while a better album was assembled, and finally remixed in a way that enraged one of the band's principals, Let It Be finally saw release in May 1970. But by that point, the Beatles break-up had been official for several weeks. There's since been a live album, compilations, digitization, trolls through the archives, and an ocean of ink spilled about this little band that made it very big. And now there are these CD issues, done beautifully. But there never was a proper reunion, and we can assume that there will never be another Beatles. Ahh fuck, this is the wrong Let it Be, isn't it?

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Let It Be looms large among '80s rock albums, generally regarded as one of the greatest records of the decade. So large is its legend and so universal its acclaim that all the praise tends to give the impression that the Replacements' fourth album was designed as a major statement, intended to be something important when its genius, like so many things involving the 'Mats, feels accidental. Compared to other underground landmarks from 1984, Let It Be feels small scale, as it lacks the grand, sprawling ambition of the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime or the dramatic intensity of Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade, or if the other side of the Atlantic is taken into equation, the clean sense of purpose of The Smiths. Nothing about Let It Be is clean; it's all a ragged mess, careening wildly from dirty jokes to wounded ballads, from utter throwaways to songs haunting in their power. Unlike other classics, Let It Be needs those throwaways -- that Kiss cover, those songs about Tommy getting his tonsils out and Gary's boner, that rant about phony rock & roll -- to lighten the mood and give the album its breathless pacing, but also because without these asides, the album wouldn't be true to the Replacements, who never separated high and low culture, who celebrated pure junk and reluctantly bared their soul. This blend of bluster and vulnerability is why the Replacements were perhaps the most beloved band of their era, as they captured all the chaos and confusion of coming of age in the midst of Reaganomics, and Let It Be is nothing if not a coming-of-age album, perched precisely between adolescence and adulthood. There's just enough angst and tastelessness to have the album speak to teenagers of all generations and just enough complicated emotion to make this music resonate with listeners long past those awkward years, whether they grew up with this album or not. All this works because there is an utter lack of affect in Paul Westerberg's songs and unrestrained glee in the Replacements' roar. Sure, Let It Be has moments where the thunder rolls away and Westerberg is alone, playing "Androgynous" on a piano and howling about having to say good night to an answering machine, but they flow naturally from the band's furious rock & roll, particularly because the raw, unsettled "Unsatisfied" acts as a bridge between these two extremes. But if Let It Be was all angst, it wouldn't have captured so many hearts in the '80s, becoming a virtual soundtrack to the decade for so many listeners, or continue to snag in new fans years later. Unlike so many teenage post-punk records, this doesn't dwell on the pain; it ramps up the jokes and, better still, offers a sense of endless possibilities, especially on the opening pair of "I Will Dare" and "Favorite Thing," two songs where it feels as if the world opened up because of these songs. And that sense of thrilling adventure isn't just due to Westerberg; it's due to the 'Mats as a band, who have never sounded as ferocious and determined as they do here. Just a year earlier, they were playing almost everything for laughs on Hootenanny and just a year later a major-label contract helped pull all their sloppiness into focus on Tim, but here Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson's rhythms are breathlessly exciting and Bob Stinson's guitar wails as if nothing could ever go wrong. Of course, plenty went wrong for the Replacements not too much further down the road, but here they were fully alive as a band, living gloriously in the moment, a fleeting moment when anything and everything seems possible, and that moment still bursts to life whenever Let It Be is played.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

The Replacements always show up at the right time. This is the most perfect coming of age album I can think of. The sound is mid-maturing from punk to melodic rock. The lyrics are mid-maturing from teen humor to trying to make sense of all the heavy shit that just dropped with adulthood. Post-puberty, post-punk. Songs have huge range of themes: anger, disillusion, massive heartbreak, anti-consumerism, gender identity, angst, boredom, boners. Drunk and sloppy as hell the whole time. Unsatisfied and Answering Machine have always struck a deep chord for me. This time around We're Comin Out knocked me out. Did they create indie rock, college rock, post-punk, and alternative all in one album? I don't know the official lineage. Easy 5 for me. A+

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

How young are you? How old am I? Old enough to remember when this album came out and all the warm feelings it evokes of another time. Let’s count the rings around my eyes. This is a longtime favorite that I was delighted to listen to today. The Replacements were always two bands, the rowdy barroom punks and the band with surprisingly thoughtful lyrics and poppy hooks who hinted at aspirations for something bigger. This album showcases both of those impulses to nice effect. They never really got rid of the rough edges, but they are more prominent on Let It Be than on later albums. These are just some young guys having fun and figuring things out, which sat really well with Gen-Xers who were trying to do the same thing. The album is a touchstone for a lot of people of a certain age. The songs are classic Replacements, ramshackle falling down the stairs rockers mixed with beautiful, wistful, jangly, hooky songs still with edges too rough for them to ever really have that big pop breakthrough. They're fun, punchy, pissy, and bittersweet. And I love them for it. You know what, I just realized after all these years that on the cover of the album, the band is sitting on a roof. Get it, Let It Be... on the roof? That's pretty funny. They knew they weren’t the Beatles and they didn’t want to be the Beatles, so why not have a seat and hang. It doesn’t get more Gen-X than that. Fave songs: I Will Dare, Favorite Thing, Black Diamond, Sixteen Blue, Unsatisfied

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

It's finally happening, 97 albums in... an album I'd never heard in full before is getting an instant 5 stars. I've left it a good few weeks before committing to a review because I wanted to know if it would stick… but from start to finish, it absolutely has. Paul Westerberg and the rest of The Replacements were in their mid 20s when "Let It Be" was released, with the exception of 18 year old bassist Tommy Stinson. It was their effort to hone their sound and produce something a little more sophisticated than the raw heavy rock of their earlier work, while retaining the angst and grit which gives them their charm. They deliver in spades, with the band turning in committed, energetic and emotive performances. As powerful as Westerberg's raspy, impassioned vocals are, often it's the instrumental accompaniments which steal the show. The album begins at a blistering pace with its only single, "I Will Dare", comprised mostly of polished jangly guitars over a crisp, swung beat. "Favorite Thing" has an even more melodic guitar line than its vocal, with a riff throughout the verses forming one of the catchiest moments on the album. When "We're Comin' Out" threatens to torpedo the quality with some thrashing hardcore, it's suddenly stripped back to gradually accelerating piano and handclaps in the last minute. Later, "Seen Your Video" allows the instrumentals to reign supreme, not bringing in vocals until the last forty-five seconds. Halfway through this tight set of defiant post-punk, there's an unexpected KISS cover ("Black Diamond") which manages to be a vast improvement on the original. It's one in a long line of transgressions The Replacements seem to revel in across the album, along with giving their album the same name as a Beatles release and incorporating titles like "Gary's Got a Boner". At first, I thought any album devoting a song to an erection could only be crass, childish, irritating… but actually it's just one part of a wonderfully scattered, skewed portrait of a band throwing out the rules and, almost accidentally, creating a warts-and-all paean to adolescence. Every one of these songs is torn up with the anxiety of youth, with growing up and seeking satisfaction, identity and love. Songs like "Gary's Got A Boner" and "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out" respectively contribute the struggle of being a teenager and the terror of being a child: no nuance or understanding, all confusion and mixed emotions. Completing the picture, "Androgynous" and "Unsatisfied" (perhaps my two favourite songs on here) reveal the substance behind the band's style. They're honest, direct and heartaching pleas for a more straightforward life, while the finale, "Answering Machine" becomes a wider call into the void for any kind of answer. The fade-out gives an impression that none is coming, but the Replacements will keep asking the questions. There's so much going on in "Let It Be"'s lean 33 minutes: it's perfectly paced and structured so that not a second is wasted, and it is never boring. The last few weeks, as I've listened track by track and discovered the hidden joys of each song, have been wonderful. "Let It Be" has reminded me how energising it can be to discover a new favourite, and fall in love with music in all its messy ways.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Possibly better than the other Let It Be...

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Wed May 04 2022
5

This is the band that knows the simple joys involved with hanging around long enough for Last Call. Nothing quite beats People Watching, and the Mats might have invented it. Why go home when Gary's popped himself a boner and all that's waiting for you is an answering machine? And besides, Tommy's worried about having his tonsils removed. Bonus points for the Peter Buck guitar solo on "I Will Dare" and a great Kiss cover. Ride for the Deluxe edition to enjoy more covers.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

this albums a little inconsistent. half of it is like garage rock punk rock bullshit that has some nice guitar tones but feels a little weak and lame, the other half is a bit lighter and honestly better. my fav stuff on here is the couple of jangle pop-y songs they are Quality. honestly i might just like jangle pop? worth exploring more. nothing here is rly bad anyways but its split between like amazing and light 8. album discussion over

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Sun Dec 06 2020
4

This took a second listen, but I really loved this. Just a very kick-ass punk/post punk album. Definitely feels like it inspired Nirvana and The Strokes. 4.5 Stars

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

4/5 (excellent). I loved this. Keanu Reeves at his peak. The scene where they all dance to "I Will Survive" in jail chokes me up every time. https://youtu.be/OAKOwWsu-nk?t=74 Seriously though, the kicker from the replacements could be in this band. recommended for: smoking a cigarette on the sideline

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

You know when you have a song saved on your playlist but you don’t even know who sings it? That was me with Within Your Reach. That was off the Hootenanny album, never heard anything off this album before today. The stripped down sound of an early 80s punk 4-piece band really makes me yearn for a decade I never experienced. It sounds a bit boring now, but I’m sure it sounded absolutely mind-boggling back then. I wish I wasn’t desensitized and used to big production music done by computers. This album truly makes me want to spike my hair and walk around in a ripped jean jacket and Converse on the streets of New York smoking a cigarette and flipping off policemen. I’m learning from this project that often the bands that influenced the sound or created it aren’t as widely recognized or remembered as the bands who perfected it. This is one of those times. If I were a teenager in 1984, this would be on my record player every night as I laid on the floor of my bedroom hating my parents. My favorites: I Will Dare, We’re Coming Out, Black Diamond, Answering Machine

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Surprisingly modern sounding, both lyrics and the jams

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Mon May 09 2022
2

Not the 'Let It Be' I expected the generator to throw up. It was ok but nothing special. I think it says a lot about the state of rock music in the 80s if this is considered to be one of the decade's best albums.

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Tue May 03 2022
1

Although I can appreciate the emotions and energy that went into creating this music, it simply is not something I find enjoyment in listening to.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Bangers. The lot of them. 4.5 rounding up to five. I hate that I never fully listened before and shout out to Laura Jane for exposing me to Androgynous.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

A high school Staple for me. Love how you can hear the band beginning to shed their hardcore skin. Love how this band clashes melody into raging guitars. Androgynous was light years ahead of it’s time.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Descobriment total. Havia escoltat algun tema seu, el nom sempre ha aparegut com a una de les grans influències dels grups de rock alternatiu de finals dels 80 i principis dels 90, com Pixies o Nirvana. Però mai havia escoltat cap àlbum seu. I deu n'hi do quina sorpresa. M'ha agradat molt aquesta barreja de punk amb rock i balades, la veu trencada del cantant, les progressions de les guitarres. Un disc súper entretingut i ple de bons temes. Em deixa amb ganes d'escoltar més d'ells.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Rock gostoso demaaaaais

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Old school rock that makes my feet dance. Androgynous is possibly the best track on the record, but some tracks like Answering Machine and 20th century boy come close

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

One of my favorite albums

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Brillante. Canciones eternas, ritmo perfecto, frases contundencia, el punto justo de gilipollez, ideas brillantes musicalmente, canciones ideológicamente avanzadas. 9.5 o 10. Ahí ahí.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

loved it

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Actually liked this one a lot!

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Love this one

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

Classic

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

aw man, i’m a sucker for the 80’s really fun album, my favorite song has to be Androgynous, that piano with the vocals were just beautiful to listen to, and the lyrics were really sweet and warmed my heart, the message was based as fuck, like the idea of gender is arbitrary and we should be able to where whatever we want wether it be masculine, feminine or something else. Really nice song :) really ahead of its time. Sixteen Blue also had some really pretty instrumentals, great song. I loved the rest of the album too, great hard rock. I’ll give it a 9/10.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

How have I not heard this before? Stunning.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

One of my top five of all time. Amazing album.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Awesome rowdy fun.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Full disclosure; I bloody love the replacements and how much they influenced so many of my favorite bands today. no many Indie Rock bands (although they'd describe themselves as punk) could get away with a Kiss cover (Black Diamond) in the middle of the album, but it ends up being pure rock thunder! Unsatisfied, Androgynous, Sixteen blue and Answering Machine are cries from the heart that I instantly connected with on first listen and identified the replacements as a band for misfits everywhere. His cracked pained vocals are beyond compare. Even the nod back to early more silly punky stuff like "Gets its tonsils out" and "Garys got a bone" still have an immense amount of heart. Love it. 5/5

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Great album. Listen to it loud

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Verrassend album! Leuke riffs en stevig met momenten

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

One of my favourite albums from the 80s. It's got all the energy of punk but clearly some brilliant melodic songs underneath. They might have been huge in the 90s alternative scene

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Never really heard of them before, now I'm not sure how! Sound like an Australian clash-influenced proto-nirvana - I was astounded to find they were from the USA. Really enjoyed it, and was nice to see what the rock kids were listening to when the pop and indie kids were in charge of the charts. Definitely going to listen to more of their stuff, and read more about them too. Wonderful

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

This was surprisingly youthful and raw. Soft, aggressive, pensive, and driven. Good surprise.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

I love an album with a strong identity, and this has the feeling of coming-of-age in spades. Not only in the lyrics; somehow the music seems to carry it too. Excellent energy, emotion, and solid variety too. This one will be sticking in my mind for a long while.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

My heart has been broken by two girls who loved Paul Westerberg. I cannot argue with what my heart wants.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

It's an interesting sound, but in my case not very fond of punk.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

This is great. Will definitely be checking out more of their stuff.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

One of the essential drunk albums The big riff halfway through Seen Your Video is one of the most thrilling things in music Most bands work hard to seem cool. These guys couldn't care less and thus speak to the young idiot fuckup in me and I suspect many others. As Pynchon said somewhere I can't remember, being in a rock band is the last just profession.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Very mature album on this band transition to alt rock. Good one for building up energy on your day.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

The album that screws with your expectations. Starts off New Wave-esque, then reveals itself as hardcore punk the next track, taking this the extreme in "We're Coming Out" sounding like the Bad Brains. And yeah, it's funny, loud, and engaging, continuing this trend with the next track. It's a fantastic blend of high energy and easy melodic riffs. And then they tell you to screw yourself with "Androgynous," coming out of nowhere is a piano ballad that sounds like a guy on the brink of tears playing in a deserted club. That almost continues to "Black Diamond" but the drums kick in a half minute later and it starting sounding like a glam metal track, but the guy still sounds like he's about to cry, I don't know what to make of it, but it rocks. "Unsatisfied" is probably my favorite but future me don't quote me on this, I really like most of them. "Seen Your Video" is a rocking instrumental but tricks you by having lyrics. I don't get how they could put so much quality in all their tracks; it's frankly scary and impressive. None of these songs are even just decent, and yet there's no repetition at all. I've always heard about these guys but this is my first time playing them, and I'm thoroughly impressed. They have something for everyone here, and they're so open and inviting for the audience to join in. If you just listened to the instrumentals, you'd enjoy it. If you just read the lyrics like poetry, you'd enjoy it. Doesn't matter what genre of rock you like, there's something anyone will enjoy. I don't care if you're a fan of Elton John, Guns n Roses, Sum 41, or Megadeth: there's something. It's not one of my favorite albums yet since I've only just heard them yesterday, but I don't see any reason not to give a perfect score here.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

This album defies genre. It opens with new wave, and progresses through tinges of punk, hardcore, and even crosses over into power ballad territory. This album has been immensely influential and it is rightfully seen as one of the greatest albums of the 80s

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

One of my favorite 80's albums ever. So many great tracks on here. Funny, because I listened to this album again the day before this popped up.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

A perfect album. Much better than that other album of the same name. 10/10 1. Androgynous 2. Unsatisfied 3. Answering Machine

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

It took some months to appreciate it, but Let It Be is a perfect album. Its songs grew on me after each listen and it is now part of my playlist. The rhythm in I will dare is perfect -I think that Peter B from REM played the solo- other songs like Androgynous, Answer Machine, are also bangers. The Replacements are a special band, indeed. A group of intriguing people with whom you’d like to suffer and laugh with.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

Tardé mucho en fijarme en el. Me costó unas cuantas escuchas entrarle. Pero cuando lo hice, este disco me resultó absolutamente maravilloso. He leído que se suele referenciar como college rock, a mí me parece una antesala perfecta para el camino del rock alternativo de los 80-90.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

I bought this album after reading about it in Spin magazine, probably in part because it had the song "Gary's Got a Boner" on it, which sounded intriguing. It's the only Mats album I ever owned because money was tight, but listening to it on Tidal Master after all these years, the nuances stand out. The mandolin on I Will Dare, the solo from Peter Buck, and the obvious allusion to I Will Follow. The hardcore speed of We're Comin' Out and the thrashy solo with the accelerando finger snaps and piano. Androgynous, which is so prescient of the present moment with the classic verse: "Don't get him wrong and don't get him mad He might be a father, but he sure ain't a dad And she don't need advice that'll center her She's happy with the way she looks, she's happy with her gender." Black Diamond is their Kiss cover, which is an interesting choice at this point in the 80s. Next up is Unsatisfied which resonates with almost any relationship. Seen Your Video with its disdain of MTV anticipates their video for Bastards of the Young. Gary's Got a Boner is a great piece of punk rock raunch with coining the phrase a "soft-on." Sixteen Blue is a great song about sexual identity and the end of adolescence. Finally, it's a shame that Answering Machine no longer has the same poignancy that it had back in the 80s when answering machines were dominant. How do you top these lyrics? "How do you say I miss you to an answering machine? How do you say good night to an answering machine? How do you say I'm lonely to an answering machine?" Voice mail just doesn't cut it with the eager anticipation of seeing the blinking light on your answering machine and the bittersweet disappointment when there are no calls. In the outtakes from the expanded version, Westerberg shows that he can do wistful and longing but not sexy in the cover of 20th Century Boy. Perfectly Lethal is about the banality of TV pre-cable and drugs

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Seems to get better each time I listen to it.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Such a great album. I don’t know if they invented these different genres of punk but to hear metal ballads, hardcore punk, folk punk and a wide variety of styles while still solely still being the replacements is awesome. They were the pioneers of bands who had a style but would change it up and didn’t give a fuck what people think. 5/5 buying this asap.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
5

This album is embedded in my DNA. Loved it from the moment I first heard I Will Dare, then the CD lived in my car CD player on repeat for months. They had moments of greatness after this, but this album is their finest moment.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I liked this a lot. Really cool sound throughout.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

One of my faves.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

A classic.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Great album from a great band - might be the best 80s album in the list (which in an ideal world should contain a couple of more albums of the Replacements)

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Funk on funk. All good not a bad song on it. Couple songs stand out even on this album

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Love love love love ❤️ will always be one of my favorites.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

This is a great album all the way through. Love it.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

This is one of my favorite albums.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

As a big fan of Stink, Sorry Ma, and Hootenanny it took a couple listens to “get” a lot of this record. Later, I remember one time sitting in my car listening to the tape start to finish and when Answering Machine ended just sitting quietly for a bit. This record is just exceptional. Punk adjacents, hard rockers, pathos laden feelies, boozy party kickers,… it’s all here. They were playing with a tight ease and a sense of barely contained chaos. And Answering Machine has one of my favorite guitar riffs on repeat that I have never tired of. Even after almost 40 years.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Been a long time since I listened to this gem. Punk, pop and rock, come the 90's this sound went mainstream, but when this released it was groundbreaking.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Tällaista voi syntyä, kun laulajakitaristi kyllästyy autotallibändinsä "hyvään meininkiin" (eikä aina niin hyväänkään) ja keskittyy vaihteeksi biisinteossa koukkuihin. Lopputuloksena on levy, jolla (a) ei ole yhtään huono kappaletta, (b) on monia upeita kappaleita (I Will Dare, We're Coming Out, Androgynous, Unsatisfied, Sixteen Blue...) ja (c) on vain yksi, jolla ei ole selkeää roolia (Gary's Got a Boner). Eikä se niin vaikeaa ole.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

I was a Replacements fan from their first release. Let It Be may be their best. The sloppiness of their early work is gone. The over production of later releases isn't present. Just the Mats playing great tunes from start to finish. I Will Dare is a perfect start. There is humor (Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out and Gary's Got a Boner). Some great covers. (Black Diamond). Even Paul Westerberg playing Androgynous on the piano works. It is an understated classic, but a classic, nonetheless.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

I loved the album, a lot of genres mixed together, it was a total blast, the whole album was a roller-coaster, from punk, thrash to sort of power ballads and more 80's type rock it had everything that I didn't knew I could want in an album I hadn't heard anything from The Replacements before and I think I'm going to go and listen to more of them

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

This is a great album. Punk rock pioneers. I've added the song "Unsatisfied" to my main music playlist. Love this one.

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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

I've loved this album for quite a few years now. It has great variety, is funny, delightfully messy, and is brimming with creativity and talent. It's influence is very obvious when you look at the rest of the 80s and 90s alternative scene - very ahead of its time! "I Will Dare" and "Unsatisfied" are obvious gems, "Androgenous" is fantastic as well and often brings a tear to my eye. I love the cover of "Black Diamond" too, but I don't think I've ever thought to look up the original. Overall a great album, possibly one of my favourites of the 80s.

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Sun Jan 08 2023
5

Never really heard of them before, now I'm not sure how! Sound like an Australian clash-influenced proto-nirvana - I was astounded to find they were from the USA. Really enjoyed it, and was nice to see what the rock kids were listening to when the pop and indie kids were in charge of the charts. Definitely going to listen to more of their stuff, and read more about them too. Wonderful 5 🌟

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

I don't know why but this reminds me of the beatles and I like it

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Thu Jan 12 2023
5

listening now hehe

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

"Let It Be" is the third album by Minneapolis rock band The Replacements and happens to be one of my favorite albums of the 80's. Heck, of any decade. Lead singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg had grown tired of playing noisy and "fake" hardcore rock and wanted to write songs a little more sincere. A one-line description is a post-punk album with coming of age themes. I think that's accurate but The Replacements didn't completely throw away their punk and brattiness and as Pitchfork points out, that's what takes this album to the next level with sincere, more serious songs mixed with loud, brash, harder, less serious songs. The yin and the yang. A whole of album of "Unsatisfied"'s would have been very overwrought. The album was named for the next song they heard on the radio (and to poke fun at their manager, a big Beatles fan). Westerberg said it came close to being named "Let It Bleed." I guess "Gimme Shelter" was the next song they heard. There was a huge critical response then and since being described as "The peak of American indie rock" and "A cornerstone of alternative music." Jangly guitars open "I Will Dare." Catchy guitar and vocal choruses. The Replacements at their pop-rock best. About the band willing to do anything. Guitarist Bob Stinson couldn't come up with a solo so R.E.M.'s Peter Buck did and does the solo. Things speed up on "Favorite Thing" but are still melodic. The rhythm guitar carries this one. I think a love song. Alright we go snotty-'Mats' punk and attitude on the next two songs: "We're Coming Out" is another song about the band taking chances. "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out" is, well, about bassist Tommy Stinson getting his tonsils out. True story during one of their tours. Let's go back to the sensitive side of things in "Androgynous." Only piano. Appearance and sexual identity shouldn't matter. An album high point. Why not end with a KISS cover in "Black Diamond." Killer Bob Stinson solo. And then we begin one of the best album sides in rock history. Paul Westerberg had to record "Unsatisfied" away from everyone and facing the wall to get and because of his emotions. An incredible raspy, vocal performance as the music plays with him. Great layered guitars. A song about discontent (with the music industry). I think all of the emo genre is based on this song...for better or worse. "Seen Your Video" is mostly instrumental with great guitar interplay. Obviously, a very anti-music song. And The Replacements backed it up by making very lame videos themselves. Touché. We need one yang song on Side Two and that one is the rockin' "Gary's Got a Boner." "He's got one but not for long." "Sixteen Blue" is about the awkwardness of being sixteen. Hey, I was sixteen when this album came out. Was I awkward? I don't remember. Probably. Hell, what do you mean was? Great, great guitar melody and an absolutely searing Stinson guitar solo fading the song out. Westerberg keeps upping the emotional level and just tears threw it on the closer "Answering Machine." Westerberg on the 12-string as he asks and screams "How can I say I love you to an answering machine." Drums kick in. An operator's voice comes in asking for change. We end in chaos. Wow! It's a shame this is the only Replacements' album in the challenge. Their next two albums "Tim" and "Please to Meet Me" are also brilliant. At that time and after this album, there was a major label bidding war between The Replacements and R.E.M. Well, we know how that ended but emphasizes how highly this album was thought of. It still sounds great and deserves every bit of its many accolades.

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

Loved this album. The songs are varied with different styles but it all flows very well Saved tracks: I Will Dare, We’re Comin’ Out, Androgynous, Black Diamond, Temptation Eyes

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

Skippa alla album för att få lyssna på lite replacements så bra

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Tuli fiilis, että tää oli grungen edelläkävijä tai ainakin grunge ottanut vaikutteita. Hyvä levy ja meni tallennetuille soittolistoille

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Fri Oct 30 2020
4

Paul Westerberg's voice is so cool. Best track: Unsatisfied

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Another cool post-punk pre-alternative album. I thought this one was interesting. There are times when it sounds like Bruce Springsteen, albeit with much different subject matter. It's easy to see the seeds of a lot of the music I grew up with in the 90s in this album. It goes by really fast, but every song is solid 4/5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Cool album. loved the first 5 tracks or so then it got mostly just "ok"

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

1st half is just ok aside from "Androgynous." 2nd half saves it. Important record, but a weird one.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

This was really good and exactly why I am enjoying doing this whole thing. Never heard of this album before but really liked it.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Really rad. Timeless piece on gender and a very dated bit on answering machines.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Eddie Vedder / Pearl Jam vibes all over it, especially on Sixteen Blue (also my highlight). Answering Machine and 20th Century Boy were also cool. I think I preferred all the outakes/demos over the final tracks, especially Answer Machine and Sixteen Blue.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Pretty good. Heard a few of the songs. Funny I never knew they were from Mpls. I'd say like a 3.5 or so. I Will Dare is probably my favorite track, following Unsatisfied. There's enough heart here that makes me push it up to 4. Live woulda been sick.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Owned this years ago, I can't remember the format, probably cassette given the time, anyway I don't have it anymore. I really loved it though and listening again after many years it definitely holds up.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

It’s good but I really don’t understand all the boners people get

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

This was excellent I thought - listened twice. I recognised two songs anyway, but enjoyed the rest too. Light rock and tuneful

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

The first few tracks didn't grab me, but I eventually got there. I feel like I gotta throw some love to the Replacements becuase they're a minnesota band that the scene loves, but I've never been too familiar with em. The back half of this album is where it really shines to me - especially obviously Androgynous, plus Black Diamond and Unsatisfied. Also really loved the long jam for 2/3 of Seen Your Video. You can really hear the energy of these punks even as they're writing more sincere songs using not just aggression. || A great album with a few duds from a cool band that made an impact on the scene and music as a whole. Feels like a textbook 4, so that's what it's getting from me.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Great discovery! Heard of them before but this was the first tune truly exploring them, and they are a cool band! Unique guitar work and melodies, while rooted in punk rock.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Punkish rock, nice crunchy guitars, some dissonance and interesting arrangements. A little depressing and angry.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Happy!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Pretty good post punk. Lyrics are shockingly modern and woke.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Naming this album Let It Be and then doing a Kiss cover (Black Diamond) on it told me a lot about the mentality of this band, and that I just thought they were funny. Westerberg's voice is so ragged that it gives a sort of desperation to all of his songs. I feel its particularly effective on the slower more tender tracks like "Androgynous," and "Unsatisfied." Gives them a lot of sincerity. One of my favorite artists does a great cover of "Androgynous" so I was already a big fan of that song, but other standouts for me were "I will Dare," and "Unsatisfied." Very cool to hear what it sounds like when a bunch of punks are breaking out of their punk chains and writing heartfelt songs.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Excellent.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Solid and more varied than most punk outings

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

When it came to music, my dad always used to say say “you don’t know what you love, you love what you know”, and I’ve known this album for a long time. It has a familiar comfort that brings me me back to my college days. A lot of good songs, but for me the highlight is their cover of the KISS classic “Black Diamond”. 3.5 and of course you round up!

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Its always refreshing to recognize the first song off an album, particularly when you are not expecting it. I Will Dare was definitely the standout on the album. 3.5 but going to round up because nothing else grabbed me like the first song but still good overall

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Heerlijk, deze band had ik al wel eerder willen leren kennen.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Theres a lot of fun to be had on this album, with really only the first and last songs being my complaints here. Most of the album I found a mix of endearing punk, alt, and indie influences

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Your parents will HATE these guys! Edgy, loud, proud, punk rock (kinda)! There's a lot of energy packed into this album and I can respect it. It also has a certain amount of polish not normally found in most albums like it, so it's got a lot going for it imo. Yeah, this kicks ass.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Finally an album i've listened all the way through before! It's great, and its influence on indie music in general was huge.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

I liked this!

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