The pulse of the Replacements offers up a cool rocking disc that proves America's greatest guitar band wasn't just the Paul Westerberg show. "Outer Limits" and "Monkey See" underline the claims of numerous critics that h... more »ail Mars as an original with a gift for quirky songs and great hooks. --Jeff Bateman« less
The pulse of the Replacements offers up a cool rocking disc that proves America's greatest guitar band wasn't just the Paul Westerberg show. "Outer Limits" and "Monkey See" underline the claims of numerous critics that hail Mars as an original with a gift for quirky songs and great hooks. --Jeff Bateman
"I love this disc. It's better than any of Westerberg's solo work, though it disappeared from sight while Paul got all the press. Witty, unpretentious power pop. I particularly like "Reverse Status" and its take on rich kids pretending to be poor."
Good Solid 3 Stars +
wdintexas | Houston, TX United States | 03/03/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Comparisons to the Replacements will be inevitable, since Mars was that band's drummer. Replacement fans will be pleased, if not quite blown away with "Horseshoes and Handgrenades." The songwriting here shows Mars to be close to former bandmate and Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg in lyrical wit, melodic pop leads, and catchy hooks. His voice is a bit raspy and lacks the range and vocal nuance of Westerberg's but is up carrying the material, if not taking it a step higher. Mars plays most of the instruments except bass, and again shows himself to be accomplished beyond the drum kit in showcasing the melodies and turning the hooks. The more I listened the better I liked this set of tunes and Mars' treatment of the material. For Replacement fans, this is a worthwhile addition to your collection. For those seeking an introduction to that band and its players, I'd recommend "Tim" or "Pleased to Meet Me," both masterful examples of power pop."
A Great Album Rediscovered
Stephen B. Wright | asper,AL | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got this album on cd today. I originally bought the album on cassette and I recently read an article about the Minneapolis Music Scene and I remembered how much I loved this album when it first came out. This is a no frills rock album with some good hooks and some very overlooked rock songs. The killer cuts on this album are " Reverse Status", "Popular Creeps","Monkey Sees", and "Outer Limits". " Monkey Sees" is hands down a great simple rock song. There is really not a bad song on this album. It flows very well from beginning to end. Steal this album if you have too."
Stealing Paul's Thunder
SUPERMAN | THE 40 WATT IN ATHENS | 02/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paul Westerbergh can always smile and say he outsold his former buddy Chris Mars all he wants. Of course, Paul had a lot more money behind him. However, when comparing Chris and Paul's solo works, this album is vastly superior to anything Paul has done. Real catchy hooks and sharp lyrics will have you listening to this album over and over. How unfortunate that Paul's ego trip caused him to ignore Chris' suggestion while both were still with the Mats, they could have produced such great music."