Replacements - Let It Be

Another band out of the crucial Minneapolis indie scene (see also Husker Du, R.E.M.), the Replacements were possibly the most passionate and heartfelt band of the period. Mainly due to the confessional songwriting of Paul Westerburg, the band was able to explore territory where other bands simply couldn't or didn't want to go. Westerburg's lyricism often led to effective albeit curious pseudo-ballads, while the band's drunken aggression often reared its head with sometimes sloppy results.

The songs on Let It Be are thoughtful, full of emotion, and varied. The catchy "I Will Dare" starts things off, and includes Paul playing mandolin and a guitar solo by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. The band rages full on in "We're Comin' Out," a reminder of their punk past. In "Androgynous," the band takes a break and Westerburg's lyrics finally come to the forefront, complete with piano backing. The rest of the album is basically a vehicle for Westerburg's songwriting, with songs like "Unsatisfied," "Sixteen Blue," and "Answering Machine." Of course, just to make things interesting, there's even a cover of Kiss's "Black Diamond."

Let It Be is arguably the Replacements' best work. It's one of those essential 1984 albums, as well as the band's last indie label work. The emerging talent of Paul Westerburg also becomes apparent here, and the band is clearly in their prime. The post-punk found here remains some of the best.


Buy It


1. I Will Dare
2. Favorite Thing
3. We're Comin' Out
4. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
5. Anadrogynous
6. Black Diamond
7. Unsatisfied
8. Seen Your Video
9. Gary's Got A Boner
10. Sixteen Blue
11. Answering Machine

Written by: Tosh

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