Stereo Mono / Paul Westerberg

Stereo Mono

Stereo Mono / Paul Westerberg

Artist:Paul Westerberg
Label:B-Unique
発売日:2002-06-03

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<I>Stereo / Mono</I> is presented as a double-album collaboration by two artists--former Replacements singer-songwriter Westerberg and a rock group called Grandpaboy. In truth, of course, Grandpaboy is Westerberg himself--for whatever reason, most likely the self-consciousness of middle age, the man who helped invent modern alternative rock & roll no longer feels entirely comfortable with the idiom. This division is altogether unnecessary--Replacements' albums, and Westerberg's solo efforts, have always accommodated both sides of Westerberg's character, the balladeer and the rock & roller, without either sounding uncomfortable. But it's nevertheless welcome, as it means twice the amount of music--and this is Westerberg in fine form. <p> Like its predecessor, 1999's cruelly overlooked masterpiece <I>Suicaine Gratifaction</I>, <I>Stereo</I> was recorded at Westerberg's Minneapolis home (indeed, the only thing wrong with the album is that Westerberg occasionally overdoes the wilfully amateurish authenticity--a couple of tracks end mid-song because that's where the tape ran out). He was clearly aiming to create something raw and honest, and he's done it: the ballads on <I>Stereo</I> are suitably reflective and lonely, and the punky rave-ups on <I>Mono</I> bristle with the exuberance of a garage rehearsal. <I>--Andrew Mueller</I><I>Stereo / Mono</I> is presented as a double-album collaboration by two artists--former Replacements singer-songwriter Westerberg and a rock group called Grandpaboy. In truth, of course, Grandpaboy is Westerberg himself--for whatever reason, most likely the self-consciousness of middle age, the man who helped invent modern alternative rock & roll no longer feels entirely comfortable with the idiom. This division is altogether unnecessary--Replacements' albums, and Westerberg's solo efforts, have always accommodated both sides of Westerberg's character, the balladeer and the rock & roller, without either sounding uncomfortable. But it's nevertheless welcome, as it means twice the amount of music--and this is Westerberg in fine form. <p> Like its predecessor, 1999's cruelly overlooked masterpiece <I>Suicaine Gratifaction</I>, <I>Stereo</I> was recorded at Westerberg's Minneapolis home (indeed, the only thing wrong with the album is that Westerberg occasionally overdoes the wilfully amateurish authenticity--a couple of tracks end mid-song because that's where the tape ran out). He was clearly aiming to create something raw and honest, and he's done it: the ballads on <I>Stereo</I> are suitably reflective and lonely, and the punky rave-ups on <I>Mono</I> bristle with the exuberance of a garage rehearsal. <I>--Andrew Mueller</I>

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