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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

14 Songs (1993), 8/10 Westerberg’s solo debut took three years to emerge after The Replacements’ demise. It’s more aggressive than … Continue Reading 14 Songs – Paul Westerberg

Eventually Paul Westerberg

Eventually – Paul Westerberg

Eventually (1996), 7/10 Eventually is a more polished, more diverse, and slightly weaker companion to 14 Songs. Tommy Stinson guests … Continue Reading Eventually – Paul Westerberg

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Suicaine Gratification – Paul Westerberg

Suicaine Gratification (1999), 8.5/10 Eventually found Westerberg wandering too close to the mainstream, and starting to lose identity as a … Continue Reading Suicaine Gratification – Paul Westerberg

Stereo Paul Westerberg Review

Stereo – Paul Westerberg

Stereo (2002), 9/10 After releasing a carefully considered album every three years during the 1990s, Westerberg became exceptionally prolific in … Continue Reading Stereo – Paul Westerberg

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Mono – Grandpaboy

Mono (2002), 7.5/10 Released under Westerberg’s alter ego Grandpaboy, Mono was originally released as a stand alone limited edition album, … Continue Reading Mono – Grandpaboy

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Come Feel Me Tremble – Paul Westerberg

Come Feel Me Tremble (2003), 6/10 Following the artistic success of the Stereo/Mono set, Come Feel Me Tremble is more … Continue Reading Come Feel Me Tremble – Paul Westerberg

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Dead Man Shake – Grandpaboy

Dead Man Shake (2003), 4.5/10 Released on the same day as Come Feel Me Tremble, Dead Man Shake is Westerberg’s … Continue Reading Dead Man Shake – Grandpaboy

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Folker – Paul Westerberg

Folker (2004), 7.5/10 The title Folker gives an apt description of this album – while still in the loose garage … Continue Reading Folker – Paul Westerberg

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Open Season – Paul Westerberg

Open Season (2006), 6/10 Open Season is the soundtrack to an animated childrens’ movie, but it largely sounds like a … Continue Reading Open Season – Paul Westerberg

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49:00 – Paul Westerberg

49:00 (2008), 7.5/10 Westerberg created hype for 49:00 by releasing it digitally for 49c, stating that 1c per minute was a fair … Continue Reading 49:00 – Paul Westerberg

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Wild Stab – The I Don’t Cares

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