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Killer 1985 major label debut includes "Here Comes A Regular" & "Kiss Me On The Bus".Own it!!!
The middle title among the triad of seasoned-but-not-depleted mid-'80s Replacements albums, Tim isn't as inspired as its predecessor, Let It Be, nor as involving as its successor, Pleased to Meet Me. Still, it's the work of a wondrous foursome near the peak of its powers, and, as collections of songs go, it may be Paul Westerberg's crowning achievement. "Kiss Me on the Bus," "Swinging Party," and "Here Comes a Regular" pretty much set the standard for the sloppy-drunk college-rock romanticism of the '80s. "Bastards of Young," "Lay It Down Clown," and "Left of the Dial" proved that the hard-charging Midwesterners were still scamps at heart...or at least could still fake it. This is the last album made by the original quartet (the excesses that would lead to guitarist Bob Stinson's early death prompted his dismissal after Tim came out) and provides a key to understanding the appeal of an astonishing band that did everything right except figure out how to become stars. --Steven Stolder
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The bonus tracks here are themselves worth the price of admission: two versions of Can't Hardly Wait (one acoustic, one rockin', both top the version on Pleased to Meet Me), some rare tunes and unissued demos, and an blistering uptempo studio demo of Kiss Me on the Bus that singlehandedly exemplifies what was so amazing about this band: Pure unbridled rock n roll coupled with smart, evocative and funny lyrics. The CD is worth it for this track alone, and if you're a Mats fan, you'll need this in your library.
Tim is pure Paul Westerberg. A mix of musical styles, but all with the same theme - about the kids who don't quite fit in with the mainstream.
While the whole album is amazing, Tim has a few tracks that stand out. Bastards of Young is the closest the Mats ever got to a true rock anthem. Kiss Me on the Bus has become a classic, while Left of the Dial and I'll Buy resonate long after the song is over.
Even sort of goofy tracks like Waitress in the Sky (about flight attendants) increasingly grow on you.
The reissue version has some bonus tracks, including both acoustic and electric versions of Can't Hardly Wait, which was written for Tim, but was left off the album, and appeared later on Pleased to Meet Me.
If you're a Mats fan, you probably already own Tim. If you're new to the band, start with Let It Be, Tim and one of the first two albums (probably Stink). Then, go buy the rest.
I can understand why bands like The Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day take so much influence from this band. The Mats wrote some of the most inspired music to come out of the undergroud in the 80s and 90s and in my mind should have been bigger and more popular than Nirvana. This is great music and not to be missed. I think that anyone can like The Mats if they give them a try. From the fast and sudden opening of "Hold My Life" to the lovely final fade out of "Here Comes A Regular", this album is a masterpiece!!
'Tim' is one of the best releases of the 1980's and, in my very humble opinion,
the second best release by the Replacements, just a hair behind "Let It Be".
Every song on 'Tim' is either very good or classic !
"Waitress in the sky, Bastards of the young, Left of the dial, Swingin' party"
are all essential Replacements classics.
But my favorite is "Here Comes A Regular"
a sad song about losers in a bar.
One of my all-time favorites.
I remember Westerberg got some static about writing ballads but I
thought they were his best songs, like "Unsatisfied" from the previous album.
Not many can write about heartache the way Paul can.
I saw them on the "Don't Tell A Soul" tour and I wish I saw them more.
The album is a classic so buy it.
The bonus tracks are really nothing special.
Whatever. At least the cd sounds great and it is an upgrade.
This Album is the last of the original line-up and the last one that has the original raw Replacements sound.
And it's one of the best, the other being "Let it Be".
Later albuns could be credited as Paul Westerberg solo albums rather than Replacements albums, even though they are still very good, they are very far from what Replacements used to deliver at the time Tim was made.
This is a Classic Album, go listen to it.