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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected classic if ever I heard one...
This album should be taken as seriously as Dylan's Blood on the Tracks or The Replacements All Shook Down (in many ways it is a relation- this will dissapoint those who like the more punk side of Westerberg- that's what Stereo/Mono and those Replacements reissues are for!).
The album opens on the acoustic It's Wonderful Lie, sounding like Dylan meets Torture; next...
Published on 4 Oct. 2002 by Jason Parkes

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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment
The great Paul Westerberg took a crtical pounding for his first 2 solo cds '14 Songs' and 'Eventually'. However i thought there was plenty of good songs on both and while neither was as consistent as his masterpiece 'All Shook Down' nor as exciting as prime-time 'Replacements' classics such as 'Tim'; they were satisfying records. This one is unfortunately the worst thing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected classic if ever I heard one..., 4 Oct. 2002
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Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Suicaine Gratificati (Audio CD)
This album should be taken as seriously as Dylan's Blood on the Tracks or The Replacements All Shook Down (in many ways it is a relation- this will dissapoint those who like the more punk side of Westerberg- that's what Stereo/Mono and those Replacements reissues are for!).
The album opens on the acoustic It's Wonderful Lie, sounding like Dylan meets Torture; next track Self Defense is a definite influence on Ryan Adams Heartbreaker. Wonderful...Next two songs rock as prime late Replacements- Best Things That Never Happened a charming mid paced rocker, while Lookin Out Forver is as great as Crazy Horse...Born for Me features Shawn Colvin on backing vocals and is not unrelated to 1990's Sadly Beautiful...Final Hurrah is another rocker played with Don Was and Jim Keltner; while Westerberg plays all the instruments on Tears Rolling Up Our Sleeves- which is a DIY classic up there with Apples in Stero and Magnetic Fields...Fugitive Kind opens like Self Defense, with a hint of If I Should Fall from Grace With God-Pogues- before building to an all out rock song featuring Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner...Sunrise Always Listens is another heartbreaker recorded at home, Westerberg almost describes the room he's in- making it a relative of Brian Wilson's Busy Doin Nothin...The hit single that should have been Whatever Makes You Happy is next (well, it did feature in Dawson's Creek when Jen started drinking whisky and stuff...); this is as catchy a pop song as any- Paul McCartney would kill to write something as great as this...Actor in the Street sounds like a blend of Morrissey and The Rolling Stones; this is a good thing, I feel. Bookmark is the end of credits song, a dark elegiac song that is best appreciated at night...The album ends on an uncredited encore, Westerberg rockin out again - and transcending the darkness that preceded it: wonderful.
Suicane Gratification is one of Westerberg's finest works and is deserving of wider appreciation rather than the neglected status it has now (Westerberg was dropped after, proof that you can't market gold). This and All Shook Down are his masterpieces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated - WHY???!!!, 19 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: Suicaine Gratification (Audio CD)
Paul Westerberg's great new Replacements album. Okay, none of the others are here but it was his songs and singing previously too. There are wonderful songs here every bit as good as those from his former incarnation: Bookmark, Sunrise Always Listens, Whatever Makes You Happy, Fugitive Kind, It's A Wonderful Lie and Lookin Out Forever to name just a few. We would all be acclaiming his genius if Tommy were there and the name had changed back. Silly, isn't it? Other than Actor In The Street which I can't fathom, every song here is a very good one. That can't be said of say, 'Pleased to meet me' from his past. (The wild rock n roll tracks never recorded well.) Looking forwards rather than back, the 'Stereo/Mono' set which should have been an official double album having been released weeks apart only, is one of the greatest double albums! First the raw and wonderful 'Suicane...' though... (with Suicidal - in true Westerberg tradition - album title too.)
Allmusic shows how wrong they can get it with 'Suicaine Gratification' somehow a weak album. They corrected the same feeling about 'Sorry Ma' from Replacements, jumping it up to 5 stars. The Replacements name carries a lot of weight of course... They're just as wrong about Suicaine as they are about Lamchop's 'Is A Woman'. Maybe they've got it in for the best lyrics on the planet round turn of century. I don't know...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant Songwriting, 17 April 2012
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This review is from: Suicaine Gratification (Audio CD)
Paul Westerburg's 1999 album Suicaine Gratification is something of a mixed bag, but certainly contains sufficient inspiration to attain at least a four star rating. With its largely unexplained title, but suggestive of a period of post-indulgence reflection, this is a stripped down affair, which almost entirely discards Westerberg's earlier punky sounds with The Replacements. Co-produced with the legendary Don Was - who has worked with just about anyone who is anyone in rock music including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop - Suicaine Gratification is a collection of what are apparently very personal songs, mixing a predominantly melancholic mood with some more upbeat, rockier, and, in some cases, lighter numbers.

Opening with Westerberg strumming his unaccompanied acoustic guitar to the wonderfully self-reflective It's A Wonderful Lie (What am I doing? I ain't in my youth, I'm past my prime or was that just a pose? It's a wonderful lie, I still get by on those.'), this initial mood continues on the beautifully melancholic and laid-back songs Sunrise Always Listens and Tears Rolling Up Our Sleeves (the latter of which, recorded at Westerberg's home, also features the man playing all the instruments). All is not moody self-reflection, however, and the sound and feel of the record almost harks back to the days of The Replacements on the rockier songs Lookin' Out Forever, the album's 'epic' Fugitive Kind and the almost unbelievably upbeat What Makes You Happy. Throughout the album there a number of apparent influences at work, with the songs, and, in some cases, Westerberg's vocals, at various points resembling the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty (the album indeed featuring the Heartbreakers' - Tom Petty's, that is - Benmont Tench on keyboards).

An album well worth checking out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic, 4 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: Suicaine Gratification (Audio CD)
An absolute classic of an album. This is music that grabs your soul. It is wry, self-conscious and deeply personal all at once. The man is a gem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God makes another album, 21 July 2003
This review is from: Suicaine Gratification (Audio CD)
Before I review Suicane Gratification, it is necessary to stress a point- Paul Westerberg is among the top ten songwriters in rock history. As great as anyone, and better than almost anyone. Predictably therefore, I am not about to give this album a bad review. And quite rightly so, because this is yet another outstanding collection of songs from Westerberg.
PW the solo artist is a quite different beast from PW the Replacements frontman. The songwriting is more polished, the vibe more laid back, and the lyrics more reflective than the sloppy, mad genius of the Mats' music. However, the songs are as affecting as ever, the hooks as appealing and PW's voice still has the power to give the listener goose bumps. For the most part, Suicane consists of acoustic, gentle numbers, polished, crafted and fully-formed. Of the few rockers, Lookin Out Forever is a classic, (up there with Bastards of Young, Left of the Dial and Unsatisfied).
If you're looking for raucous, sloppy rock, this album will leave you dissapointed. However, if finely crafted, affecting music is your thing, Paul Westerberg is your man, and Suicane Gratification your album.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment, 1 May 2002
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This review is from: Suicaine Gratificati (Audio CD)
The great Paul Westerberg took a crtical pounding for his first 2 solo cds '14 Songs' and 'Eventually'. However i thought there was plenty of good songs on both and while neither was as consistent as his masterpiece 'All Shook Down' nor as exciting as prime-time 'Replacements' classics such as 'Tim'; they were satisfying records. This one is unfortunately the worst thing he has ever done. Stripped down in the most part and acoustic; it sounds a winning formula as Westerberg is a great melancholy balladeer but the songs are just not there. Unfinished and melodically lacking, he sounds bored and worn out. Totally flat. Three half decent songs at best and nothing to touch classics such as Sadly Beautiful, Androgynous and Can't Hardly Wait. This has put me off buying his new one 'Stereo 'which is supposed to be much better. Maybe i'll take a chance though for old times sake.
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