Wheelchair Assassin | The Great Concavity | 04/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It may have a rather modest title, but "Tim" is one monster of an album, easily deserving of the considerable praise it's earned over the years since its release. Led by the impassioned howl of Paul Westerberg and the incendiary guitars of Bob Stinson, the Replacements here cranked out a memorable collection of rousing anthems and brash rockers, with a few curveballs throw in just for good measure. Westerberg's lyrics told tales of hopes, dreams, fears, and disappointments in a way that just anyone can relate to, without pandering to the lowest common denominator like so many of the lousy "look at me; I'm so angst-ridden" alterna-lite bands crowding the airwaves nowadays. The result is a collection of stories that's alternately cocky, poignant, and upbeat, and always insightful. The album's finest cut, "Bastards of Young," a Springsteenesque tale of the struggles of the working class, especially deserves to be quoted at length:"The ones that love us best
Are the ones we'll lay to rest
And visit their graves on holidays at best
And the ones that love us least
Are the ones we'll try to please
If it's any consolation, I don't begin to understand."There are a few other classics to be found here as well. There's the twangy foot-stomper "I'll Buy;" the yearning "Kiss Me on the Bus;" the raucous "Dose of Thunder;" the swinging, ultra-catchy "Waitress in the Sky;" and the heart-rending domestic woe of "Little Mascara." And it's all topped off with "Here Comes a Regular," an acoustic ballad about the bonds between drinking buddies that somehow manages to be both depressing and uplifting at the same time. It takes a truly gifted composer to pull off such a song, but fortunately Westerberg is more than up to the task, as he more than amply proves on this album. Vocally, musically, and lyrically, "Tim" is a classic album that belongs in any good music collection. Period."
An absolute masterpiece, and I was there.
Reuben I. Thaker MD MPH | USA | 11/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Among Mats fans in Houston Tx, this was regarded as their crowning jewel by unanimous account! Recognizing its brilliance, feels like having seen Van Gogh for a genius before the world took notice, and then seeing the bandwagon begin.
Westerberg achieved high art when he expressed the sorrow and pain and joy of growing up, all at once. So complex for such simple songs here.
My favorite line of all time 'little girls keep growing up, playing makeup and wearing guitar'. Was that not growing up 'punk rock' before it became a shopping mall fad?
In the summer they played a show in Galveston, if 'played', =30 minutes of missed bar chords before PW crashed into the drum kit. Shows over punkers! Wow, what a privilege to experienced this moment in history, the beginning and end of American underground rock, and this their crowning jewel.
It is so good, any cool 15 year old can pick it up and instantly get why it is brilliant.
It is timeless, like any great work of art, music or otherwise."
I didn't like this at first, but over time I grew to love it
C. Cross | 12/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll admit that the first couple of times I heard "Tim" that I only liked about five songs ("Hold My Life", "Kiss Me On The Bus", "Waitress In The Sky", "Swingin' Party" and "Here Comes A Regular"). These are obviously the standout tracks here and the ones with the best musicianship and lyrics, but the others are also good - they will definitely grow on you. The problem with most of the album is (and this is the reason it took some time to like) is that singer Paul Westerberg has a kind've unlikable voice at first (he sounds like he's been drinking whisky every day for the past 10 years). He's not horrible, but I can certainly see some people not liking him on their first listen (you'll grow to like him, though - he definitely has a very cool personality). Thankfully all the songs here are good, and the musicianship and lyrics are fantastic. The five songs I mentioned before all have very deep and memorable lyrics that will definitely grab your attention - "Here Comes A Regular" is an especially classic track. Unfortunately the production isn't all that good (I don't think this has been remastered yet), but it isn't bad enough to annoy anyone. The album itself came out in 1985, and you can imagine the impact it had (NOTHING sounded like it (or still sounds like it) - many bands even today are influenced by The Replacements). It has a sort of raw and edgy indie rock sound with a folk and country twist - it's pretty unique, basically. Overall I think that indie rock fans and those interested in music's history will love this album (eventually)! Absolutely recommended!
Highlights include: "Hold My Life" "Kiss Me On The Bus" "Waitress In The Sky" "Swingin' Party" "Here Comes A Regular" the rest are good, too"
This is one of the greatest albums ever made! Buy this!!
Jim Gullett | An American Boy | 11/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My words cannot appreciate this beautiful piece of mid-eighties rock n' roll glory. This was my first Mats album and after becoming a big fan, I have noticed that Paul Westerberg has became this metaphysical saint-like figure in the audible cosmic atmosphere called "rock music." From talking to different sorts of people, I have noticed that Westerberg has activated two extremes within the hearts of folks who have heard the Mats or Westerberg's solo stuff... they love him or hate him. How on God's green Earth can you hate a genius like Westerberg? From those who adore Paul, they have noticed that Westerberg has the ability to write songs that are about what an individual has felt or is currently feeling or going through. This is done in such a deep way, his lyrics are connected online to the human heart, mind, and nervous system.
All these songs are good. "Hold My Life" kicks off the album and this particular track is one of those songs that I am attached to. The Replacements dive into a pool of diversity on this album, beautifully blending the elements of popular American music past and present. "I'll Buy" is a rockabilly/country rocker, "Bastards of Young" is an electric anthem that is timeless, full of distorted rage and the acne of innocent youth. "Kiss Me On The Bus" is a romantic ditty, placing the listener into a realm where you mystically envision a first kiss, or remember your own. Country, folk, rock,...whatever it is. The Mats took these genres and made them their own.
Tim is the last album to have guitar-wildman, Bob Stinson, and their first major label debut on the then-hot Sire Records. I should also mention the album is produced by Tommy Ramone.
Maybe someday, Sire or Warner Bros, will rerelease this album with bonus tracks, not to mention the rough version of "Can't Hardly Wait."
God Bless Paul Westerberg"
Pleased to meet you, Tim!
J. Sweeney | manchester, mo | 07/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had heard of The Replacements a long time ago, but had never heard their music until recently. I started with this cd, and I really think there's some great stuff here. In the opening verse of the first track, "Hold My Life," you hear the line "down on all fives"...that conjures up a stark image of someone who's a mess, and if you know the history of the band, you know they were a mess. And you can hear that on this cd, in all its ragged glory. Some songs are loud and raucous (Dose of Thunder, Bastards of Young, Lay it Down Clown) and some have a slightly pop feel (Swinging Party, Left of the Dial, Little Mascara). "Waitress in the Sky" is an anthem for anyone who has ever been dissed by a flight attendant, and is quite funny, too. The absolute highlight for me is the closing song on the disc, "Here Comes a Regular." It's about a fellow that spends all his time in a bar, and when Paul Westerberg sings the line "Am I the only one who feels ashamed?" it just about breaks your heart. This is a really great cd, and I wished I wouldn't of waited so long to check out this group."