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Moving to a major label was inevitable for the Replacements: they garnered too much acclaim and attention after Let It Be to stay on Twin/Tone, especially as the label faced the same distribution problems that plagued many indies in the mid-'80s -- plus, the 'Mats' crosstown rivals, Hüsker Dü, made the leap to the big leagues, paving the way for their own hop over to Sire. The Replacements may have left Twin/Tone behind but they weren't quite ready to leave Minneapolis in the dust, choosing to record in their hometown with Tommy Erdelyi -- aka Tommy Ramone -- who gives the 'Mats a big, roomy sound without quite giving them gloss; compared to Let It Be, Tim is ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Moving to a major label was inevitable for the Replacements: they garnered too much acclaim and attention after Let It Be to stay on Twin/Tone, especially as the label faced the same distribution problems that plagued many indies in the mid-'80s -- plus, the 'Mats' crosstown rivals, Hüsker Dü, made the leap to the big leagues, paving the way for their own hop over to Sire. The Replacements may have left Twin/Tone behind but they weren't quite ready to leave Minneapolis in the dust, choosing to record in their hometown with Tommy Erdelyi -- aka Tommy Ramone -- who gives the 'Mats a big, roomy sound without quite giving them gloss; compared to Let It Be, Tim is polished, but compared to many American underground rock records of the mid-'80s including those by the Ramones, it's loose and kinetic. The production -- guitars that gained muscle, drums and vocals that gained reverb -- is the biggest surface difference, but there aren't just changes in how the Replacements sound; what they're playing is different too, as Paul Westerberg begins to turn into a self-aware songwriter. A large part of the charm of Let It Be was how it split almost evenly between ragged vulgarity and open-hearted rockers, with Westerberg's best songs betraying a startling, beguiling lack of affect. That's not quite the case with Tim, as Westerberg consciously writes alienation anthems: the rallying cry of "Bastards of Young" and the college radio love letter "Left of the Dial," songs written with a larger audience in mind -- not a popular audience, but a collection of misfits across the nation, who huddled around Westerberg's raw, twitchy loneliness on "Swingin Party" and "Here Comes a Regular," or the urgent and directionless "Hold My Life." These songs are Westerberg at his confessional peak, but instead of undercutting this ragged emotion or hiding it away, as he did on the Twin/Tone albums, he pairs it with the exuberance of "Kiss Me on the Bus" -- an adolescent cousin to "I Will Dare" -- and channels his smart-ass comments into the terrifically cynical rockabilly shuffle "Waitress in the Sky." All this eats up so much oxygen that there's not much air left for any of the recklessness of the Twin/Tone LPs: there's no stumbling, no throwaway jokes, with even the twin rave-ups of "Dose of Thunder" and "Lay It Down Clown" straightened out, no matter how much Bob Stinson might try to pull them apart, which is perhaps the greatest indication that the Replacements were no longer the band they were just a couple years ago. Some 'Mats fans never got over this change, but something was gained in this loss: the Replacements turned into a deeper band on Tim, one that spoke, sometimes mumbled, to the hearts of losers and outcasts who lived their lives on the fringe. If Let It Be captured the spirit of the Replacements, then Tim captured their soul.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 075992533027
  • Catalog Number: 25330

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Replacements Primary Artist
Alex Chilton Background Vocals
Chris Mars Drums, Background Vocals
Paul Westerberg Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Bob Stinson Guitar
Tommy Stinson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jack Skinner Mastering
Robert Longo Artwork
Thomas Erdelyi Producer
Steven Fjelstad Producer, Engineer
Debbie DeStaffan Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Simply Great

    The best rock albums are those that meet at the juncture of passion and melody. "Tim" is one of the best examples of that, and maybe the best, coming between their raw and polished periods. If "Swinging Party" doesn't move you, it's time you retire to top-40 pablum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful losers

    I'm glad no one's written a review here. It's fitting. In this day and age of American Idol and ready-made "stars", there was something poignant in the 'Mats struggle to "make it". Overloaded with talent but hampered by their own temperment, this was a band making anthemic music to disaffected kids across 80's America. This album, in particular, does for me what just about no other album has ever been able to do: document the hopes and dreams of being in real rock band scaling an impossible mountain.

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