After the acclaim that Let It Be generated, The Replacements moved to a major label. Produced by Tommy Ramone, Tim is more polished than their early work, and a little more serious in tone than Let It Be was, with Westerberg taking on more universal themes like the anthemic ‘Bastards of the Young’, but basically it’s a marginally more mature version of Let It Be, with slightly more polish. ‘Waitress in the Sky’ is comparable to the charming throwaways on Let It Be, but it’s terrific, with Westerberg playing the snotty rock star (albeit a rock star flying economy class) running off a hilarious list of low skill professions to compare to a condescending flight attendant.
Tim is wall to wall quality: ‘Hold My Life’ kicks the record off with a high octane riff rocker, while ‘Little Mascara’ is a touching ode to a harangued mother, laden with hooks. ‘Bastards of Young’ is positively anthemic despite its downtrodden lyrics, while ‘Here Comes A Regular’ packs a lot of punch with little more than an acoustic guitar and three chords, a lament for Bob Stinson who was forced out of the band with an alcohol problem after the completion of the album
Tim is simply another great album from The Replacements’ mid 1980s’ peak.