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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 9, 1990 - Page 7

The Replacements
All Shook Down
Sire
Finally, Paul Westerberg realizes
0 on record that he has grown up after
years of rocking and boozing. All
Shook Down barely brings together
the 'Mats as a group; the band as a
whole only plays on one song,
"Attitude." It's primarily
Westerberg's melancholically-aired
songs performed by at least one
Replacements member and some
colorful guests. This haphazard con-
glomeration, tied together only by
Westerberg; unexpectedly creates a
Light, pensively anguished, toned-
down album. Unlike Don't Tell A
Soul, All Shook Down's "maturity"
is appealing because of its reflec-
tiveness and varied tempos, etc.
So many songs are ethereal for a
band who de-formed such monstrosi-
ties as Stink and Tim. "Sadly
Beautiful" is gentle and poetic, high-
fighted by wistful acoustic guitars
and a country tinge; "Had no chance
to watch you grow up/ so sadly
beautiful." "The Last" sounds like it
could be a theme song for a '70s
television show or a Broadway mu-
sical. The piano makes the song se-
xious but it has a ditty-like quality as
well. Westerberg also asks a fateful
question: "Would it hurt to fall in
love a little slower?"
But All Shook Down isn't over-

ridingly slow and reflective. It's just
that an overwhelmingly sad atmo-
sphere envelopes the mood even dur-
ing upbeat tunes. "One Wink at a
Time," though it is rock with
Madness-like touches of brass,
sounds like what a good hard rockin'
band would sound like when they
were too old to play everything as if
they were on speed. "Bent Out of
Shape," "My Little Problem" and
"Happy Town" start out like old
Replacements songs, but then down-
shift into mellow thrash. The guitar
bits are still hard and brilliant, but
toned down.
"Attitude" upbeats acoustic with
a tad of electric guitar to form a stu-
pendous rock tune. It even has rela-
tively classic 'Mats lines like, "It
was my attitude/ that you thought
was rude." This song, unlike
"Someone Take the Wheel" and, to
some extent, "When It Began," ac-
complishes what Westerberg and
Company tried to do on Don't Tell
A Soul - crossing mainstream rock
and pop with the sounds and spirit of
the early Replacements.
The cover and inner sleeve photos
basically sum the situation up:
sepia-colored, somber, somewhat
nostalgic, older and lost. One picture
is of this lost dog sign which asks:
"Have you seen Lucky?" Westerberg
hasn't, but seems to wish he has.
-Annette Petruso

Wednesday, Nov. 14 8pm
Hill Auditorium
a Major Events presentation

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The Replacements hang out in some sad ol' barn - one of the rare
moments the 'Mats have been all together recently. Their new vinyl, All
Shook Down, reflects this drifting apart.

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The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Victor
Borge
Comedy in Music
Wednesday
Dec. 5 8pm
Hill Auditorium
Major Events
presentation

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Sun. Nov. 11

A STORY ABOUT LOVE . .
and a lot of things that look just like it

Tues. Nov.

13

French Classical Music Series
featuring U-M organ students: Phillip
Burgess, Margarete Thomsen, Leslie Wills
Music of Corrette, Guilain, Marchand
Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, School of
Music, 4 p.m.
Michigan Chamber Players
Harry Sargous, oboe; Karen Lykes, mezzo-
soprano; Richard Beene, bassoon; Edward
Parmentier, harpsichord; Paul Kantor,
violin; Yizhak Schotten, viola; John
Mohler, clarinet; Laura Ward, piano
Music by Telemann, Martinu, Poulenc
School of Music Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
Arts Chorale
Paul Rardin, conductor; Paul Schrock, guest
organist
Handel: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra,
Op. 4, No. 4
Crawford: Magnificat
Vivaldi: Gloria
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Turkish Classical Music
Ali Ekber Cicek; sponsored by the Stearns
Collection and-the Center for Near Eastern
Studies
Rackham Amphitheatre, 8 p.m.
Opera ~.Theatre
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Tickets $ 12, $ 9, $ 5 (students)
Power Center
8 p.m. (Thur.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.)
University Players
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
by August Wilson
Tickets: $ 9, $ 5 (students)
Trueblood Theatre, Frieze Building
8 p.m. (Thur.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.)
University of Michigan
Women's Glee Club
Earl Coleman, conductor; Rosalie Edwards,

Wed. Nov. 14
Thur.-Sat.
Nov. 15-18
Fri. Nov. 16

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