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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Mats Talent Show, 6 Jun 2007
This review is from: Don't Tell a Soul (Audio CD)
In the inky music press at the time, The Replacement's 1987 release 'Pleased to Meet Me' was met with unmitigated acclaim, and for a short while at least it looked like the 'Mats were destined for deserved commercial as well as critical success. This album came out a couple of years later but seemed to disappear without a trace, and indeed the title of the album seemed to anticipate their continued relative obscurity. In some respects this is a better album than 'Pleased to Meet me' in that the songwriting is perhaps more consistant throughout, although it perhaps lacks a track as strong as 'Alex Chilton or 'Can't Hardly Wait'. That said there are plenty of very strong tracks on here such as 'Talent Show', 'Achin to be', 'I'll be you' and 'Darlin one' that represent some of the best work by the band in their major label period. Deserves its place alongside 'Pleased to meet me' and from 1985 the wonderful 'Tim' album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All for nothing (and nothing for all), 4 Sep 2009
This review is from: Don't Tell A Soul (Expanded & Remastered) (Audio CD)
This bona fide effort by the Replacements to climb the music charts, regretfully, ended in a disappointment. Why the band, which seemed to have every rock bone in its body in the right place, has never met with a true commercial success is beyond me. I saw them touring with the record with a strong resolution not to fall off of the stage and play in sync. They did that much, apparently, antagonizing their hitherto fans who thought them sold-outs for not getting drunk and stupid and not getting enough new replacements to justify their new image turnabout. The record is polished to perfection to please and, possibly, that is its greatest flaw. Although guitars are switched to overdrive, they are also mixed like violins to make certain that they do not interrupt in anybody's humming. Still, in more just and understandable world, 'We'll Inherit the World', 'Telling Me Lies' or 'Talent Show' would become chart poppers. However, in true 'Mats fans, 'Don't Tell a Soul' provokes ambivalent feelings. On one hand, we would like the band finally to succeed; on the other, we would prefer that they did it on their own terms. This record is a good testimony to Paul Westerberg's generous songwriting talent but it also smells of fear. Fear of not being liked. It wasn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Mats Talent Show, 18 Jan 2009
This review is from: Don't Tell A Soul (Expanded & Remastered) (Audio CD)
In the inky music press at the time, The Replacement's 1987 release 'Pleased to Meet Me' was met with unmitigated acclaim, and for a short while at least it looked like the 'Mats were destined for deserved commercial as well as critical success. This album came out a couple of years later but seemed to disappear without a trace, and indeed the title of the album seemed to anticipate their continued relative obscurity. In some respects this is a better album than 'Pleased to Meet me' in that the songwriting is perhaps more consistant throughout, although it perhaps lacks a track as strong as 'Alex Chilton or 'Can't Hardly Wait'. That said there are plenty of very strong tracks on here such as 'Talent Show', 'Achin to be', 'I'll be you' and 'Darlin one' that represent some of the best work by the band in their major label period. Deserves its place alongside 'Pleased to meet me' and from 1985 the wonderful 'Tim' album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DO Tell a Soul...Or Three, 20 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Don't Tell A Soul (Expanded & Remastered) (Audio CD)
Inevitably, given that the Replacements' reputation had been based on raucous Punk-inspired power-pop, heavily booze-fuelled, the more subtle charms of 'Don't Tell A Soul' did much to alienate fans of longstanding. Trouble is, by softening the style, if you don't woo new fans, then you're liable to end up with very much of an audience at all. That was the case with this album, which is very good, and has worn very well indeed. Lead songwriter Paul Westerberg was no longer the check-shirted hooray of yore; his songwriting was maturing and developing. 'Rock & Roll Ghost' is one of his most touching and elegaic compositions, and the edgy 'Talent Show' nearly as good. The follow-up album, 'All Shook Down' saw the band As We Knew It just about disappear. This is simply a very good, ruminative and thoughtful record.
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