Paul Westerberg Album Reviews

His work in the 1980s with the beloved Replacements left Paul Westerberg with colossal expectations to meet with his solo career. Despite some valiant attempts, Westerberg’s never managed to meet the artistic levels of The Replacements trio of Let It Be, Tim, and Pleased To Meet Me. But his solo career has been enjoyable and worthwhile nonetheless – even if he’s never made a solo album as strong as Let It Be, he’s created quite a few that are stronger than Don’t Tell A Soul and All Shook Down.

Westerberg’s solo career can be divided into distinct phases. He spent most of the 1990s trying to break into the mainstream. Starting from 2002’s excellent Stereo, he switched to making raw lo-fi albums in his basement where he played all the instruments. After a Replacements’ reunion as live band from 2013 until 2015, Westerberg re-emerged in a collaboration with Juliana Hatfield as The I Don’t Cares, and their debut album is his strongest work for quite some time and is promising for the future.

Ten Favourite Paul Westerberg Songs

A Star Is Bored
Outta My System
Love Untold
Self-Defense
Fugitive Kind
Sorry For Tomorrow Night
Man Without Ties
First Glimmer
Whisper Me Luck
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