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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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14 Songs Paul Westerberg

14 Songs – Paul Westerberg

1993, 8/10. Paul Westerberg’s solo debut’s mainstream for 1993, and it’s the album that could have broken him into mass popularity.

Eventually Paul Westerberg

Eventually – Paul Westerberg

1996, 7/10. Eventually is a more polished, more diverse, and slightly weaker companion to 14 Songs.

Paul Westerberg Suicaine Gratification

Suicaine Gratification – Paul Westerberg

1999, 8.5/10. The subdued Suicaine Gratification is much rawer and more emotionally loaded than its predecessor.

Stereo Paul Westerberg Review

Stereo – Paul Westerberg

2002, 9/10. Westerberg began prolifically creating raw and spontaneous solo records in his basement studio.

Grandpaboy Mono

Mono – Grandpaboy

2002, 7.5/10. Mono is Westerberg’s take on the swaggering rock and roll side of The Replacements.

Come Feel Me Tremble Paul Westerberg review

Come Feel Me Tremble – Paul Westerberg

2003, 6/10. Features both the driving bar rock of Mono and the sensitive acoustic songwriter of Stereo.

Grandpaboy Dead Man Shake

Dead Man Shake – Grandpaboy

2003, 4.5/10. Dead Man Shake is Westerberg’s most blues-oriented album, loose and home recorded.

Paul Westerberg Folker Album Review

Folker – Paul Westerberg

2004, 7.5/10. Folker is an modestly enjoyable record, as agreeably ragged as Westerberg’s best work, but cuddlier than usual.

Open Season Paul Westerberg

Open Season – Paul Westerberg

2006, 6/10. Westerberg reverts to his mid 1990’s sound for a soundtrack to an animated childrens’ movie.

49:00 Paul Westerberg

49:00 – Paul Westerberg

2008, 7.5/10. Takes the unpolished approach to new extremes, a continuous track with songs fading in and out of each other.

Wild Stab The I Don't Cares Review

Wild Stab – The I Don’t Cares

Wild Stab (2016), 8/10 The I Don’t Cares are a collaboration between Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield, who supplies lead … Continue Reading Wild Stab – The I Don’t Cares