Stereo - Paul Westerberg
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  • Summary: The former Replacements leader returns with his first solo effort in three years, which actually is two albums in one: Stereo, his new 12-track solo release; and Mono, a second recording by Westerberg and full band under the Grandpaboy name.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Thankfully, our hero hasn't lost his knack for breaking your heart with a turn of phrase or a gauzy guitar motif. [26 Apr 2002, p.148]
  2. 80
    The most honest-sounding collection of songs Westerberg has penned in years.
  3. A strong batch of Dylanesque songs.
  4. 80
    A record that grows on you slowly but surely. [May 2002, p.104]
  5. Two CDs that brim with primitive optimism, as the music shuffles between naked, moody pop (Stereo) to gritty indie rock (Mono) -- like the Replacements, but with half the noise on hold.
  6. With a voice that aches like a hangover, Westerberg has long sounded like he's had an album of post-punk saloon ballads in him. Stereo is that album, and it's his best collection of songs since the Eighties.
  7. 50
    These songs move so languidly they seem self-pitying. [July 2002, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19