Review #156: Let It Be, The Replacements

Karla Clifton
2 min readAug 18, 2021

#156: Let It Be, The Replacements

Yes, the RS blurb confirms that this was, in fact, named after the Beatles album, which is sitting down at #342. Ha! Take that, The Beatles!

I’ve loved “I Will Dare” for a long time, but that was really the only Replacements song I’d encountered before. They rock! They’re one of those bands that I knew was important but never had the opportunity or interest to explore further. Lucky me, I had to listen to this album for my stupid blog!

Turns out the Replacements are way wilder than I even thought. When they played their final show in 1991, they finished up the set by having each of their actual members walk off the stage to be replaced by their respective roadies. Fans called the show “It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Roadie Plays.”

Also Paul Westerberg, their frontman, released music in 2017. But he released it on SoundCloud as “User 964848511.”

God, I just love me a good pretentious frontman.

FAVORITE SONGS:

“I Will Dare” — This is so accessible it’s basically a pop song. Meet me anyplace, or anywhere, or anytime.

“Favorite Thing” — Alright, here we go: a violent, two-minute punk song!

“We’re Coming Out” — Do you think this one was influenced by Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out”? Probably not, but a girl can dream.

“Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out” — This is exactly what it feels like to be at the dentist as a kid. Open wide you little snot!

“Androgynous” — A punk love ballad about cross-dressers? This is the only kind of love song I want.

“Unsatisfied” — Really pretty fingerpicking intro.

“Seen Your Video” — Yes, yes, MTV is the devil, video killed the radio star, all that noise. Sorry, Paul Westerberg! We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far.

“Gary’s Got a Boner” — Put it away, GARY!

“Answering Machine” — I love the British guitar sound so much. But holy hell, those bells at the end scared the crap out of me!

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

“Sixteen Blue” — Okay, this one is finally too generic for me.

IS RS FULL OF IT?

I’m so pleased that this Let It Be is higher than the other Let It Be.

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