I have to confess, i only got into THE REPLACEMENTS through THE GOO GOO DOLLS. I heard GGDs were very much influenced by this minnesota quartet from the late 70s and 80s and after doing myself a little research on them, found LET IT BE at a fairly reasonable price, bought it, took it home and played it. At first, i have to say, i wasn't very impressed but i stuck with it and after a few more listens, i was in no doubt at all that this was a tuly great album. One of the things i like about it is the fact that the songs are so varied. Album opener I WILL DARE is an up-tempo almost indie rocker, then you have tracks like WE'RE COMIN OUT and TOMMY GETS HID TONSILS out which are largely fast angry punk driven tracks. It then goes into the hard rock guise of the KISS cover BLACK DIAMOND and then to the melancholy ANDRODYNOUS and the masterpiece which is UNSATISFIED. While PAUL WESTERBERG possibly isn't the most diverse singer, he does a good job of all the tracks on the album. Also the more times you listen to it, you can tell where more of todays bands got their inspiration from. Theres elements not only of GGDs but also, GREEN DAY, WEEZER, PAVEMENT and to a certain degree even NIRVANA. The lyrics are hardly original, most to do with the pressures of growing up and teenage angst driven but that takes away none of the shine. Album closer ANSWERING MACHINE is quite possibly the best closer ever with WESTERBERG condemning our reliance on machinery to take care of our problems. I am converted. Go and buy this album and hear where your favourite bands first started.