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The Replacements’ third album for a major label found them finally succumbing to the label’s wishes for a more “radio friendly” sound. This being 1989 that meant a cleaner, less raucous approach with an emphasis on studio echo and other sound-enhancing effects. Singer Paul Westerberg still brought along a great collection of songs. “Talent Show,” “Achin’ to Be,” “They’re Blind,” the album’s single “I’ll Be You,” and “Darlin’ One” rank among his most heartfelt material, while “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghost” is a bit of self-mythologizing for a man staring into his career’s abyss. The overall sound is surprisingly thin in retrospect, missing the chunky guitars of the band’s live attack. However, this 2008 reissue includes eight bonus cuts that help flesh out the moment. A demo of “Talent Show” isn’t that far removed from the final product and the alternate mix of “We’ll Inherit the Earth” attempts to right the over-ambitious mix that landed on the album. “We Know the Night” stands as a worthy outtake. “Portland” inspires the band’s energy, while “Date to Church” came out of a jam session with Tom Waits in L.A.

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Essential late 80's / early 90's music

This is one of those discs that takes a person back to another time....... much like R.E.M.'s "Green" does for this same time period. Pure, unadulterated excellent music, there's really nothing missing here. On the original disc, I don't think there was any track that stands out above the rest, they're all great- looking forward to exploring the expanded edition now! Folks, don't be mistaken, this and any other Replacements disc, absolutely belongs in your collection if you're a fan of 80's, alternative, or indie music.

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Better Days

I loved the Replacements, but this is the only one of their albums I loved on the first listen. It starts with the downbeat "Talent Show" and then escalates to some of the finest post-punk rock ever recorded, from the country-tinged "Achin' to Be" to the hard-driving "We'll Inherit the Earth" and closing with the gorgeous anthem, "Darlin' One." They were breaking in Slim Dunlap on guitar, and Paul Westerberg swore Slim played most of the lead guitar on the songs. The playing overall is up a notch, but this took away a bit of the fun and unpredictability of the prior releases. "I'll Be You" was an alternative hit and spawned their first watchable (and actually quite good) music video. I saw them in Pittsburgh on tour for this album and the show was a chaotic letdown. They played only the shouters and then seemed to get angry and quit. If you happen to find yourself staring at this album here on iTunes, it is definitely worth it, and buy the whole thing.


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 Hüskers...
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