Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Times Like This
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Though he'll probably be remembered best for his short stint with the Replacements, Slim Dunlap is one of the last great bar warriors, a true American guitar slinger. His second solo outing mixes one part Tom Waits, two pa... more »
Though he'll probably be remembered best for his short stint with the Replacements, Slim Dunlap is one of the last great bar warriors, a true American guitar slinger. His second solo outing mixes one part Tom Waits, two parts country jangle, and three hits of the blues with a lot of secondhand smoke. From the album's roots-rock opener, "Not Yet / Ain't No Fair (In a Rock 'n' Roll Love Affair)," to its beautiful Replacements influenced title track, it continually dodges the predictable. The album turns country when it should turn blues. It turns blues when it should turn rock, and just when you think that it's all going to fall apart, Slim dips into his guitar case for something unpredictable and absolutely indescribable. Sadly, the album's lyrics generally run from weak to predictable, but it still remains one of the few discs that can bring the bar into your living room. --Bill Snyder
This is a great record!
P. Collis | New York, USA | 05/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like everyone except his friends and neighbors I guess, or the people in his home town, I first heard him playing with the Replacements... in fact I saw him with them in a small club in Paris, France. They were of course awesome, and strangely sober!
This album is such a keeper because it's so human. The first song starts off sounding a little generic... but halfway through it's "enough of that" and it changes into a completely different song. Have you ever heard such a thing... only with the Faces perhaps. From then on it's all interesting songs and odd guitar playing. Nothing is straight-forward, there's lots of really odd dissonant and plain weird playing going on. The songs are bitter-sweet; bluesy, folksy, country, and rock n roll.
There's one song that totally haunts me - "Little Shiva's Song". Hard to understand - a tribute to a local musician who died? - it's certainly in the past-tense. There's not anything like it on any other record; check out that track if nothing else.
Like on his last record there are songs about being the support act, small town, the band that breaks up after a practice, or is trying to write that hook to get the hit. Still you feel that to Slim it's all a joke: he knows better.
When the Replacements broke up I thought all the ex-band-members made better solo albums than Westerberg, and this is on my iPod, not PW. Not that I expect the music biz to have a clue. Just saying..."
Great disc; nobody is cooler than slim
P. Collis | 01/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Times Like This oscillates from quirky to great, with mostly the latter. Ignore the sound bytes, the best songs are the sleepers. I'll say one thing; this man has soul, and his music fabulously shows it. A definite buy if you're an ex mats buff, or just want a great twist on pop/folk/blues in an atmosphere you wont' find elsewhere. Buy it."
Why do I keep listening to this CD
Jeff S | Minneapolis | 05/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"He can't sing very well( I can sing along and feel like Bing Crosby's cousin).....The quality of the music is fine but nothing memorable.....it never seems to leave my play rotation.....I guess it must be a pretty good cd"