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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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3.21

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Genres

  • Indie
  • Rock
  • Post Punk
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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

Rock gostoso demaaaaais

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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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5

One of my favorite albums

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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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5

loved it

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5

Actually liked this one a lot!

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5

Love this one

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5

Classic

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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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5

How have I not heard this before? Stunning.

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5

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

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5

Awesome rowdy fun.

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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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5

Great album. Listen to it loud

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5

Verrassend album! Leuke riffs en stevig met momenten

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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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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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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

Seems to get better each time I listen to it.

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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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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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5

I liked this a lot. Really cool sound throughout.

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5

One of my faves.

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5

A classic.

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

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

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4

Happy!

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4

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

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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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4

Excellent.

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Solid and more varied than most punk outings

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

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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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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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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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I liked this!

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If I had never heard The Replacements before I probably would have thought it was a 90s album. Can hear their influence in a lot of 90s and 00s indie rock. Weezer, Cake, I guess the Pixies too but they were only a few years later. Fun album, 4 stars.

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I love Paul Westerberg

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Good album all the way through and very different sounding throughout. Lyrically good. Not as exciting as I hope post-punk to be but thats ok

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Didn’t realise Unsatisfied was by them.

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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.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.

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Хз, тоже самое что предыдущий. Звучание бодрое, но посыл я так и не вкурил

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A N D R O G Y N O U S Fun album and a great read on Wikipedia. These guys are too cool for their own good

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4

cutesy

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4

Nice album, bad quality

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Sick

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Head bobbin to it. Rocking. Sick vibe to it

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4

Pretty great album. Would listen again.

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Banging post-punk with funny but still meaningful lyrics. Definitely can see the influence down the line.

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It was overall solid, a good mix of "alternative" (pre-dating the musical style) and punk music. There's a few songs I really dug, and I can definitely see the influence on alternative music from the '90's.

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4

Not heard of this before… for some reason I always thought they were an Irish blues band. I enjoyed this album… definitely listen again!

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Enjoyed this! Will be digging in to more of their stuff for sure

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Punk possibilitando ter melodia

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Enjoyed this. Dodgy 80s production and a couple of duds, but good stuff.

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4/5 - Good, but muddied

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Andro. Rte Bayou St John

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4

Really good album.

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4

Fucking class

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Je tenais dans un premier temps à m'excuser de la lenteur avec laquelle j'écris mes reviews ces temps-ci. Mon temps libre s'est vu ces derniers jours limité par des problèmes pour certains judiciaires. Vous avez peut-être aperçu dans la presse une photo de moi frappant une de mes élèves en plein cours de français. Si je ne déments pas les faits, j'appelle chacun à faire preuve d'esprit critique et à prendre connaissance du contexte dans lequel cet incident s'est deroulé. L'élève en question portait un pull à l'effigie de Morrissey et ne cessait de répéter que chacun préférait sa propre race. Des paroles que je condamne évidemment, et que j'ai voulu sanctionner par une ribambelle de coups de poings bien que le droit allemand ne le permette pas. The Replacements a été la belle surprise de cette semaine, j'ai donc décidé de leur donner la note de 4. Néanmoins, et là je m'adresse aux personnes qui ont créé ce site internet, si vous faites l'erreur de classer cet album et donc cette note dans la catégorie punk, ça va très mal se passer.

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4.1 - Took me more than a week and several listens to form an opinion on this. It's not a sound I prefer immediately but I quickly recognized that there's something special here. I really love some of these songs. Above all, "Androgynous" is just such a testament to tolerance and empathy - for 1986, it feels decades ahead of its time. "Answering Machine" captures the moody insecurity when we allow technology to separate us. There are also some fun bops - "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out."

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4

First ever listening. I like it a lot. There's a bit of the Clash there, and other inflluences too, but they do their own thing.

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Fascinating album - ahead of their time in so many ways; lyrical content, song structure, atmosphere - could be a college band from the nineties. Definitely a band and album to explore further.

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Some notes before starting, looks like a generic 80s Bon Jovi style rock band based on the cover. Short album, 11 songs at 2-4 minutes apiece, and Gary's Got a Boner is an amazing song title. Alright let's start listening. I'm liking the guitars here, singer has a bit of a punk rasp, this almost seems like very early pre-grunge seems more 90s than 80s. Good energy, I'm definitely digging this. A few slower tunes, kind of reminds me of the Pogues in a way. Overall good album, definitely not what I expected at first was pleasantly surprised.

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4

Rough and rusty. I really enjoyed every chapter’s element of surprise, especially the slow burning ‘unsatisfied’.

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definitely more fun than i expected. answering machine is a great closer. unsatisfied is a gem

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Un popurrí curioso de rock-indie-punk... Me ha gustado.

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Great album. Heard the name before, but never gave them a good listen. Glad I did

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A really good album post punk can be very divisive but this is just good music played well it doesnt soften too much that it loses its roots

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Some catchy lyrics

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1984 - Rock, Punk rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock, College rock

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My tee time is at 1!

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Man, I'd love to just go drive around and listen to these songs. Love that tone.

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Genuinely fun listen, very pop-oriented by modern standards and something I imagine influenced a lot of the alt-rock and post-punk artists of the 2000's and 2010's. Nice little flavor bursts of blues/folk influences sprinkled throughout too, which was surprising.

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Whoa, nice! I've heard this one before, I had to check it out after I became obsessed with "Unsatisfied." These guys are a great indie punk-ish band with a lot of talent, though in my ears the gulf between "Unsatisfied" and pretty much everything else on the album is pretty wide. That's not to say I didn't enjoy a lot of the album though, because I did! I have a strong attachment to that one track, as well as "Bastards of Young" (not on this album) due to their appearance in Adventureland, one of the greatest movies ever made. I enjoyed more tracks than I remember liking the first time around, and that's a great thing. Really dig this one. Favorite tracks: Unsatisfied, Favorite Thing, Sixteen Blue, Black Diamond, Androgynous. Album art: Really like this one, blue scale band photo on the roof of a suburban house. As all punky type rock bands should do. 4/5

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Som punk maneiro

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a decent punk album with very nice lyrical content

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Who are they replacing hey? Kurt Zouma kicked a cat, should they replace him at West Ham? Thomas Muller sold some horse spunk, should they replace him at Bayern Munich? SHACK never writes any reviews, should they replace him in this group? You decide.

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Gloriously sloppy, rockin, perceptive,juvenile, sensitive. The Replacements here are all that and more. Favorite Thing, Unsatisfied, Tommy Got His Tonsils Out, Androgynous, and even Black Diamond(a Kiss cover). Are they the world’s best rock band or a bunch of hard drinking idiots? Yes they are!

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4

Like the Beatles but a couple decades older I guess

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#16. More punky than I expected

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Ah heck yeah! I'd completely forgotten the Replacements existed, thank you album generator :D

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4

This was a fun listen.

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Alright rock n roll vibes, guess they didn’t blow up

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Genre: Alternative Rock 4/5 Upon receiving yet another 80s alt rock album, I was in a rather sour mood going into this, praying that it was anything other than what I've been given so far in this exercise. To my surprise, this was a very enjoyable album, that certainly goes beyond just a standard alt rock label. This album has quite the variety. Songs like We're Comin' Out pack a hell of a punch and include some really outrageous solo work, songs like Black Diamond which have guitar tones that sound like they were ripped from albums of the future, and songs like Sixteen Blue which is so proto-Nirvana it's scary. This album kept me entertained the entire way through. They'd throw you a ballad, then go ahead and sing Gary's Got a Boner. Not a perfect album, but a surprisingly enjoyable listen, and one I'll certainly come back to in the future.

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THIS IS SO PUNK ROCK

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You know, that wasn't bad at all. Kinda poppy, kinda punk, all-around enjoyable. Quite liked it.

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Definitely one that deserves another listen

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4

I don't know how I completely missed this. An excellent album.

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Good energy. Captured the alt sound of the time as well as any group.

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4

Ok

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With one foot out the punk door and one foot in what would become the alternative scene, The Replacements provided a template for what would happen when a band gets captured not in the throes of dissolution but in the moment where things begin to look up. 33 minutes of pendulum swinging punk ferocity and pensive perspective that's rightly regarded as one of the best examples of 80s rock. Favorites: I Will Dare, Androgynous, Black Diamond, Unsatisfied, Seen Your Video, Sixteen Blue.

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4

Mediocre punk with a couple bangers mixed in.

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Not my favourite Replacements album but still really good. Love the Kiss cover. Androgynous and Unsatisfied are classics all in a a very enjoyable album 4 🌟

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I'm not a *huge* fan of this band, but *Let It Be* is the perfect midway point in their story, between their early hardcore punk shenanigans and their more pop-sounding rockers (without too much cheese here). And like someone else pointed out in the group, a song like Androgynous has lyrics that are still on point decades later (not to mention its atmosphere). A great example of what sorts of wonders adolescent angst can do in music. I would also add the punk band... Adolescents to that category, with their eponymous album. That one is *criminally* overlooked in this list (and many other ones like that !)... Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Unfortunately, I did not know this group and it was missing in my musical knowledges. I found The Replacements to have a phenomenal energy, they are punchy and quirky while maintaining a very standard formula for a rock band. I loved it.

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4

Nice punk rock album, it's stand out.

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One of the great "I'm an angry white American young man" albums out there. "I Will Dare", "Unsatisfied", "Androgynous" and "Answering Machine" are absolute classics, but the whole album is great. It was also ahead of its time both for the lyrics and the music. Grunge bands obviously took notes from The Replacements. I could go on for hours about that album, a real gem.

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4

sounds like it was literally recorded in a garage and i absolutely loved it

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4

Really great garage band vibe. Unpretentious

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4

Fun, rock and roll

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4

Not their best but still pretty good.

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I took a short break when this came up, mainly because I got a bit ill. Mind, I was also wondering what I wanted to say about this album. This album really did require several listens for me to comprehend my thoughts fully, but it turned out my opinion is not as effusive as the critical standard for Let It Be. This is not to slam the album. Much on the album to like, indeed love, and it's a firm 4-starrer. But US college rock has never seduced me. I can accept R.E.M. did a few worthwhile albums in the 80s, but I'm not going to cream my jeans over every song they produced then. And The Replacements have a similar fault to R.E.M.: they are just a bit too clever-clever, rather than just clever. The title, on its own, stands right on the boundary of inspired and smug. The wilfully puerile Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out and Gary's Got a Boner, likewise, straddle that boundary with a nut on each side. But these and others, in aggregate, make the album a tiny bit irritating. Also, ask yourself this: can you sincerely, hand on heart, give 5 stars to an album that gives a songwriting credit to Ted Nugent?

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Nothing on this really stood out for me - it was nice, but not memorable. 7/10.

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Con buenas pinceladas de punk

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More fun than I was expecting. Definitely not perfect, but I understand the cult appeal.

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Enjoyed it. Nice and short and definitely dealt with topics very much ahead of the time.

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A case can be made that few, if any, ‘80s band are truer to the core essence – the raw soul – of rock and roll than the ‘Mats. That’s true both in spirit and execution. There’s skiffle and punk and early rave up in it. Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Hamburg Beatles, early Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis – all of these would have endorsed what Westerburg & co. were up to. “Unsatisfied” is an all-time personal fave, “I Will Dare” a great opener, and “Androgynous,” “Seen Your Video” “Sixteen Blue” and “Answering Machine” very good, too. Westerburg could be RnR HoF for songwriting reasons alone, and the band in the antics division. There were more very strong (and more polished) records to come, a few of which could easily be in this list.

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This shit fucking slaps! Never spent much time with The Replacements, glad they came up on this list!

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Интересная группа. До этого я ее не слышал ни разу и когда включил то понял, что слышу...зачатки того, что станет звуком Нирваны. Гитарные скрипы и скрежет, хриплый вокал в нос с периодическим "йодлем". Погуглил и правда нашел сведения о том, что для Кобейна эта группа была источником вдохновения. 7 из 10.

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Some early 80s alt rock with punk DNA thrown in. I dig it. Favorites: "Androgynous", "Black Diamond", "Unsatisfied"

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Fun pop punk. I had no clue that Androgynous was originally on this album and that the Joan Jett version was a cover.

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4

A bop

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4

Possibly better than the other Let It Be...

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Awesome album. Really enjoyed it and would give it a higher score but alas no nips on the cover so only a 4 from me

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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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4

Aggressive, catchy and raw—but still leaves room for softer tones. Makes me want to hit the dance floor and run some hot laps. We’re comin out!

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4

This is a very digestible punk album. lots of sonic grit that is mixed very well, 3 tracks in.

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4

Very few complaints - this is a surprisingly good album.

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New one for me but a great post punk Album. I really liked its Dynamism, and the pure energy of this post punk power-pop classic. Has a touch of Elvis Costello and the attractions about it. loved "I Will Dare" (Great Bass-line) the Knack-like "Favourite Thing" The plaintive "Unsatisfied" and the Humorous "Gary's Got A Boner" are all quality tunes. A nice new experience for this listener and I will definitely look out for more Replacements stuff to add to my collection.

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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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4

Surprisingly modern sounding, both lyrics and the jams

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4

cool rock album

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4

It’s quintessential post punk/indie rock not much else to say. If you’re into those genres it’s a must listen

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4

Enjoyed this one. Will listen again.

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When I received this album Friday morning, I thought: ok, it's some ugly brother of THE "Let it Be." I was not wrong, and this was awesome. A great piece of late punk songs (post-punk, according to Wikipedia) that made me feel like it was in the 80s. Much rawer than its shine brother album and enjoyable as hell. I'll keep an eye on other albums from "The Replacements." 4 stars

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Great album by a band I was not familiar with! It makes me want to learn more about the Replacements for sure. Punk rock is definitely the genre I would put them in (hard to deny that), but this album definitely leans more into indie rock with a bit of Springsteen thrown in there. I have a feeling that if I went back and listened to their work prior to this record that it would be more raw/unhinged like the Sex Pistols or the Clash; while that feeling was present in both the vocals and the instruments, it felt overall more mature and grounded than what I would expect out of a band like this (except for 'Gary's Got a Boner' which contrasted with most of the other songs on the album). The singer's voice reminded me a lot of a young Gene Simmons, but he was easier to take seriously. This connection I made seemed much weirder when I got to the 'Black Diamond' cover on this album; I actually feel that this cover is much stronger than the original KISS version which I have never been the biggest fan of. I was a fan of all of the tracks, but the opener and 'Androgynous' were two of the standouts. 'Androgynous' was VERY progressive for 1984, and I can see why it would be the highest streamed song off of this album for this reason. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this record and could see myself coming back to it in the future. 4/5. NOTE: They should've picked a different album name for sure as 1) it doesn't really fit any of the core themes of the album and 2) it could get easily confused with the late record by The Beatles. Maybe they picked this title ironically? Who knows.

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I liked this one a lot. It's definitely an album I will come back to later on. Favourite bits from the record: I Will Dare, Androgynous, Unsatisfied

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4

Love it, so raw and sensible

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4

Very good album, a bit uneven though.

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So many other 'Mats records could/should be in this list but this is completely worthy candidate. A sometimes great, sometimes indifferent band that is perhaps the essential '80s indie rock band – “Unsatisfied” and, “I Will Dare” “Androgynous,” “Seen Your Video” “Sixteen Blue” and “Answering Machine” all very strong, too.

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Rock/punk. Normal. Not really special

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4/8 Good coming-of-age album. Standout Tracks: We're Comin' Out, Black Diamond, Seen Your Video, Sixteen Blue, Answering Machine

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Low 3

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Solid album overall, felt like standard 80's punk

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Fedt Punk album meget korte Numre med høj energi. Nogle af numrene er lidt irriterende. ligger Et sted mellem 3 og 4 stjerner.

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Surprisingly likeable post punk album

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I've never heard this album before or any songs on it. pretty good punk rock album.

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Would definitely love this for a road trip

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This was pretty good! Never heard of them before, sounded 90s so was surprised to find it was early 80s

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I really like the lead track/single I Will Dare. I like punk rock but appreciate that they expanded their sound here a bit. Has some nice moments but as an album it hangs together pretty loosely. Hearing where Kurt Cobain may have drawn some inspiration for vocals.

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It was ok I guess.

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Wish I liked this more, them being from Minneapolis and all, but I just don't find their music very interesting or exciting, in general or on this album.

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This was fine... not good, not bad.

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La banda en que estaba Paul Westerberg no puede fallarte (aunque sus dos canciones en la banda sonora de Singles son muy especiales para la generación del grunge). Este disco es parte de los cimientos que vinieron luego. Androgynous y Unsatisfied entre lo mejor del disco.

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Not bad Brit rock

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Ikke vært innom Replacements før. Varierende album. Unsatisfied er drit - tydeligvis her Kurt Cobain har lært å gnåle. Black Diamond-coveren er ok. Perfectly Lethal allright.

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3

Good - but not really my vibe

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Highlight - Black Diamond Lowlight - Answering Machine

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Of its time

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De meer punk-nummers kan ik niet zoveel mee, maar de wat melodieuzere nummers zijn zeker wel ok.

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Seen Your Video and Sixteen Blade were highlights

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Helemaal gedraaid maar niet helemaal gevallen nog, maar zeker niet slecht; nog een keertje proberen!

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Gary got a boner

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I wasn’t sure about this on first listen but by the second time I was really quite enjoying it ! ***

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punk-y lighthearded garage band-y. Didn't resonate with me super well

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I like this. Definitely raw, but enjoyable. Sounds very early 80's. Androgynous is ace. Piano / singing. Noice.

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Good, could probably end up being a 4

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