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Let It Be

The Replacements

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Released in 1984, the Replacements’ third album, Let It Be, remains one of the most beloved albums of any era. It brilliantly captures a point in time when punk bands were maturing into full-on rock n’ roll groups, when the deliberate noise and aggression of the past decade was distilling into powerful songwriting, and when a self-propelled underground music movement proved it had staying power regardless of mainstream indifference. Let It Be has its silly side; “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out” and “Gary’s Got a Boner” don’t take themselves seriously. The cover of Kiss’ “Black Diamond” is pure rock thunder. “Seen Your Video” expresses the band’s suspect contempt for the outside world. But Paul Westerberg compositions such as “Unsatisfied,” “Androgynous,” “Sixteen Blue,” and “Answering Machine” display an emotionally naked singer and songwriter who would influence and affect a generation. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain learned more than a thing or two from this album. Essential.

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An Essential Piece of Rock 'n' Roll History

Not only The Replacements best album, (Tim, and Pleased To Meet Me a close second), this is one of the best rock albums ever recorded. In my book, it holds up against Exile On Main Street, London Calling and The White Album as a touchstone to everything that is right and good about Rock'n'Roll. Just buy the whole album!!

Instant Classic

As a fan with every B-side, Nipponese vinyl, mix tape, bootleg, and obscure CD ever made from the Mats, trust me when I say this is your money shot. "I will dare", "tommy", and "answering machine" are timeless classics. This is raw music at the perfect time in their career - of legal drinking age but before the big label times of the next 3 albums.

Best Mats album

This is most likely the best Replacements album they ever made. The production wasn't too over the top on this one. Most of these songs took a few listens before I really started to see what they were doing. Paul's one of the best songwriters I've heard. I didn't think a human being could write a song as beautiful as "Androgynous". Kind of reminds me of "Sweet Jane", with both Lou Reed and Paul using these vulnerable characters to explain periods of time.

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Replacements initially formed in 1979, when Paul Westerberg joined a garage punk band formed by brothers Bob (guitar) and Tommy Stinson (bass) and drummer Chris Mars. Originally called the Impediments, the Minnesota residents changed their name to the Replacements after being banned from a local club for disorderly behavior. In their early days, they sounded quite similar to Hüsker Dü, the leaders of the Minneapolis punk scene. However, the Replacements were wilder and looser than the...
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