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The most damning praise that you could give Paul Westerberg's second solo album is that it's tasteful. Those who fondly remember the Replacements as the ultimate garage-rock band may be a little put off by the relative lack of sloppy, boozy irreverence here.
But what ultimately made the Replacements a great group is that Westerberg wrote great four-minute pop songs--and in that respect, little has changed. "MamaDaddyDid" is a classic post-Byrds gem, with a lovely, wistful melody and shimmering guitar riffs. "Time Flies Tomorrow" is equally poignant, with bittersweet piano chords reflecting the lyrics' subtle ambivalence.