Folker - Paul Westerberg
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  • Summary: No, it's not a folk album, but Westerberg does handle all of the instruments himself on this latest solo release. (We suppose that it's hard to find replacements for The Replacements.)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. The album is Westerberg at his extremes. [#7]
  2. Rough-and-tumble folk rock with a winning--if self-conscious--DIY approach. [17 Sep 2004, p.76]
  3. 60
    Sounds sometimes Dylan and most of the time Starbucks. [#12, p.102]
  4. 60
    It only reveals its strengths after a dozen or more plays. [Nov 2004, p.112]
  5. It's hard not to walk away with the feeling he's capable of better than this.
  6. 10
    A poorly-recorded collection of lazily-written songs recorded by an artist whose muse deserted him long ago. [Oct 2004, p.131]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. MaureenO
    Sep 14, 2004
    Once again, Paul Westerberg has created a masterpiece. He has given the music world what it has lacked for too long; honest-to-goodness music. Westerberg's whimsical and thought-provoking lyrics never let up on this album. Expand
  2. DavidL
    Oct 4, 2004
    The lowfi approach is not for everyone, but if you accept, you are in for a meaningful experience.
  3. dudeflym
    Nov 3, 2004
    how sweet would it be to get to hang out in your basement and put out great records. i knew studying too much would never get me anywhere.
  4. JackI
    Sep 19, 2004
    Some gems, some throw-aways. The gems (Gun Shy, My Dad) are pure & true.
  5. LesHectic
    Sep 22, 2004
    This album is a grower, to some maybe like a wart. But that is its charm, warts & all. One listen, it's a 5, but after a few listens (and skipping '$100 groom') it truly is a heartfelt worthwhile collection of basement taped songs. Those looking for commercial polish go elsewhere. Those looking for an artist geniunely expressing himself see 'now i wonder', 'my dad', 'lookin up in heaven', and 'folk star'. Expand
  6. JohnO
    Apr 7, 2005
    I would give Stereo/Mono and Come Feel Me Tremble each a 10. Having said that, Folker has some gems and some filler, where the previous two records are end-to-end marvels. Gun Shy and My Dad are my favs. If you're just getting to know Paul, I wouldn't suggest this as your first purchase. With regards to the DIY stuff getting old (from a prior post), get used to it - he's not going back to the old way. Expand
  7. MikaelB
    Sep 7, 2004
    Wanted this to be good. First track is enough for to abandon one of my favorite rockers of all time.... trying to be tongue and cheek? how about a refund? Expand

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