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Monday, 12 December 2016

Within Your Reach

I was flicking through my records on Saturday looking for something else when I found what I wasn't looking for but pulled it out and played it anyway- Hootenanny, the second album by The Replacements. Hootenanny is a halfway house, a stepping stone from the breakneck punk of their early years to the slightly more considered sound of Let It Be and Tim. Hootenanny is still ragged, a bit of a mess in places with some songs that sound tossed off for a laugh but it also has the first of what would become Paul Westerberg's signature aching, yearning guitar songs. Within Your Reach is just Westerberg too with a drum machine, flanged guitar and a trademark romantic lyric.

Within Your Reach


Brian said...

An overshadowed album that everyone should have. Color Me Impressed, Buck Hill, Take Me Down to the Hospital... stupendous! Your choice today might just be the top of the heap.

The Swede said...

It's been a long time since I heard this one - thanks.