Reissued on Rhino for the first time since 2008!
Given its superior distribution and marketing push, Tim was the first Replacements album many people heard, which, as is so often the case, means that it’s frequently mentioned as the favorite. And that’s understandable. “Hold My Life”, “Bastards of Young”, and “Left of the Dial” are anthems, no doubt about it, real voice-of-a-generation kind of songs. But Tim also has range. The jazzy, midtempo “Swingin Party” is Westerberg with perfect emotional pitch– funny (“Bring your own lampshade, somewhere there’s a party”) and also vulnerable (the narrator admits to being ignorant, weak, and terrified, but if he can find someone in the same situation to hang out with, he’ll live). “Kiss Me on the Bus” is light, melodic, and charming guitar pop, another new wrinkle.