Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Don't Tell a Soul
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Not their best but still a classic
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paul Westerberg once admitted that, with this album, The Replacements really made a serious play for commercial success while trying to hide that attempt. Who could blame them for trying, though? They had put out nothing but brilliant music up until then and had little to show for it but critical respect and a little beer money. This album is great. Not as great as their very best work but great nonetheless. "Rock and Roll Ghost" takes on added poignancy when you know that Paul wrote it about a friend from his early rock days who killed himself and that Paul can't bring himself to sing the song in public. "I'll Be You" is a perfect line-drive that deserved more attention from mainstream radio. And the other songs on the record range from good to miraculous. The Replacements were perhaps the greatest rock and roll band of all time if one uses heart, talent, sense of humor, and soul as criteria. This album is evidence that they knew they deserved more popular attention and were willing to go for it. I just wish it had worked. Then there'd be more kids today having their lives changed like mine was."
Mikey Scars | Maryland | 12/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't Tell a Soul is just breath-taking. This is easily the best work they ever did.
I know everyone else loves Twin/Tone era but I find the songwriting from those early albums so incosistent. I mean, everyone's favorite is Let It Be and it's actually got some good material, but a song regarding "Gary's" unmentionable and a really immature song about bassist Tommy's orthodontist adventures. And a Kiss cover?! Why are any of those three things acceptable to anybody? Excuse me, but I don't get it.
Maybe being an 80's baby is my problem, I don't know. The over-polished sound is there on Don't Tell a Soul but I don't mind. I guess I'm more hi-fi than lo-fi. I wish I could write songs half as catchy as what's on this remarkable album. Only one song doesn't blow me away...the honky-tonk, semi-rockabilly "I Won't". But even it's not without it's charm.
I'd suggest this album to anyone that likes power-pop or pop-rock. But definitely not for those looking for the sloppier sound of the twin/tones era."
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sparr0 | Kansas City, MO United States | 06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was strange to read the consistent mythos of these reviews: "The 'Mats Grow up and Sell Out (okay or not okay?)" If this really is one of the worst Replacements albums (sorry, I don't even know why they're the "'Mats"), I should just order the rest right now. I was given this disk by a friend of a friend over two years ago, and it has yet to leave my fast-rotation stack. Okay, I was just a bit too old to catch their wave the first time out. Maybe I'm the guy they were selling out to (though since my faves in the day were older Rundgren and Stomu Yamashta, no wonder that ploy didn't work). But this is still brilliant song-writing. I get the calls for better production, better playing, etc. But I think people have to get off being afraid to rate this album highly for fear of sullying the pristine record of the earlier disks. Maybe it's not up to such rarified standards of purity, but it's great listening. It's smooth without being soporific, haunting without ... sound effects, and loaded with unsubtle nuances - interesting small twists on normal pop expectations. People who don't know the Replacements from the Refreshments will hear this album and say "Damn. That's interesting." True-blue Replacementistas, please consider rating this on a scale for all music, not a private, tougher one for 'Mats albums. It won't hurt to have outsiders listen to "your" music; heck, it'll just jack up the price on the used copies of this CD that you probably want to sell anyway."