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A bit surprised to be first on the block here. For my beer money, this is hands down the most brilliant, and the most characteristic Replacements record. It's the Mats on the way up, or out, from the confines of 90 second thrash rock. They definitely hit escape velocity.
"Hootenanny" actually kind of is that, a wild, loose drunken bands party where all the bands are the Replacements. If you wanted to get a bit pretentious you could call it an especially brilliant workshop session, where the Mats throw all kinds of stuff at the wall and most of it sticks. You could also call it a gorgeous mess.
"Color Me Impressed" is the single, their first (best?) super-catchy… Read more