Eventually is a more polished, more diverse, and slightly weaker companion to 14 Songs. Former Replacements band-mate Tommy Stinson guests on ‘Trumpet Clip’, while an unlikely horn section plays on some songs, while Brendan O’Brien produces some of the tracks.
‘These Are The Days’ is a strong opener, with a surprisingly vibrant middle eight, while ‘Love Untold’ is a compassionate ballad. The piano based ‘Good Day’ stumbles with an awkward bridge, but its direct lyric (“A good day/Is any day that you’re alive”) is surprisingly heart-wrenching as Westerberg rarely engages in such direct sentiment. The pretty ‘Time Flies Tomorrow’ and the aggressive ‘Stain Yer Blood’ (originally on the Friends soundtrack, and tacked onto later editions of the album) ensure that Eventually ends on a strong note. Some of the pieces are less convincing; the processed guitar of ‘Angels Walk’ doesn’t fit on a Westerberg record, and the forced party vibe of ‘Trumpet Clip’ is awkward, but Eventually is a respectable addition to the Westerberg canon.
It’s something of a relief that Westerberg chose not to court the mainstream after Eventually, but I don’t think my Westerberg fandom would be content without hearing gems like ‘Love Untold’ and ‘Stain Yer Blood’.