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. [Stereo] is brimming with expressive, beautifully articulated songs that speak to both sides of his personality.
  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. Just as the busking, basement-tapes balladry of Stereo feels wan and undercooked, the rough-and-ready rock of Mono brims with the thoughtfulness and soulful energy of Westerberg's 1993 solo debut, 14 Songs, and his ever-influential Replacements catalog.
  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
  1. jj
    Oct 21, 2004
    10
    I forgot i had this great piece of art in my collection
  2. SueD.
    Jun 2, 2002
    10
    Honest
  3. JonD.
    May 9, 2002
    10
    Unique
  4. MatthewH.
    Jul 15, 2002
    10
    This is the best album I've picked up in a long time, who cares if its demo quality, when did recording quality make a song good or bad....huh?
  5. ReneeE
    May 23, 2002
    9
    Yes, it's great! The AP reviewer says it's grown on him and would give it a 9 instead of a 6 now.
  6. KK
    Sep 30, 2005
    9
    Excellent CD - not a huge Westerberg fan until I heard this. Fantastic throughout. AAA is an amazing tune. Demo quality = yes, better than Excellent CD - not a huge Westerberg fan until I heard this. Fantastic throughout. AAA is an amazing tune. Demo quality = yes, better than most of the tripe out there = hell yes. Expand
  7. banjobob
    May 20, 2002
    6
    For $15, I would ask an artist to provide me with more than a demo-quality CD. However, the demo has some great songs! Thanks , Paul.

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