Let It Be

Let It Be

Most punk groups eventually “mature,” once they learn to play their instruments better. But The Replacements grew into the most loved rock ’n’ roll band in the ‘80s indie scene—and this third album shows why. Their cover of Kiss’ “Black Diamond” is pure rock thunder, but “Unsatisfied,” “Androgynous,” “Sixteen Blue,” and “Answering Machine” are cries from the heart that established Paul Westerberg as a singer for misfits everywhere. His cracked, pained vocals are beyond compare. Even silly stuff like “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out” and “Gary’s Got a Boner” rock with heart.

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