Jeremy Gluck (Barracudas) : my top 1o favourite albums : number 3
- Mono – Paul Westerberg
For number 4 in Jeremy Gluck’s top 10 albums please go here
Called by yours truly “St. Paul of Minneapolis”, Replacements’ mainman Westerberg is for me the greatest American songwriter of his generation. In around 2000, having forsaken major labels and climbing out of a major depression, Westerberg, in his basement analog studio, churned out a body of work that upon release astounded. Far from giving up, he had given in to his Muse, and knocked right out dozens of remarkable songs, which were distributed between two albums sold as a double set, “Stereo” (the soft stuff) “Mono” (the hard stuff). “Stereo” is beautiful, masterly and touching, but it’s “Mono” that is the superior set, with searing basic rock’n’roll all played and produced by Westerberg with a winning WTF??? bravado.
Fast, loose, flawed, unforgiving and feral, this is the man at the top of his game, witticisms and solos wild and lethal, having the time of his life and loving every minute of it. He never puts a foot wrong here, the relentless hail of mutated Rolling Stones and Faces licks and hoarse Dylanesque exclamatory vocals meshing into a kind of post-Beat punk rock melange. Were I to detail individual tracks I would exhaust you. The whole album is…the whole album. Hear it all, love it all. Love St. Paul. And that’s all.