Don't Tell a Soul

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Don't Tell a Soul
Studio album by The Replacements
Released February 1989
Recorded 1988 & 1989
Genre College rock
Length 38:37 (original)
1:04:35 (reissue)
Label Sire/Reprise
Producer Matt Wallace
The Replacements chronology
Pleased to Meet Me
(1987)
Don't Tell a Soul
(1989)
All Shook Down
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10.0)[4]

Don't Tell a Soul is an album released in 1989 by The Replacements.

The album was a stylistic change from their previous albums. Where Tim and Pleased to Meet Me could be classified as alternative or punk, this album was more of a straightforward rock album. Reviewers noted the music's more mature themes and increasing disillusionment, along with a more private outlook. [5]

The album marked the debut of guitarist Bob "Slim" Dunlap, who filled the slot of Bob Stinson.

The videos for Don't Tell a Soul ("I'll Be You" and "Achin' To Be") were more traditional.

The album was produced by Matt Wallace and the band and was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. The band originally started recording for the album with producer Tony Berg at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York. After enough material was recorded to fill out an album, the band decided to scrap the recordings because they were not happy with the raw, loud sound.[6] The song "I'll Be You" was the only hit single off the album.[7]

The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on September 23, 2008 with 7 additional tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Westerberg except as indicated.

  1. "Talent Show" – 3:32
  2. "Back to Back" – 3:22
  3. "We'll Inherit the Earth" – 4:22
  4. "Achin' to Be" – 3:42
  5. "They're Blind" – 4:37
  6. "Anywhere's Better Than Here" – 2:49
  7. "Asking Me Lies" – 3:40
  8. "I'll Be You" – 3:27
  9. "I Won't" – 2:43
  10. "Rock 'n' Roll Ghost" – 3:23
  11. "Darlin' One" (Westerberg/Stinson/Dunlap/Mars) – 3:39

2008 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Portland" - 4:28
  2. "Wake Up" - 2:13
  3. "Talent Show (Demo Version)" - 2:54
  4. "We'll Inherit the Earth (Mix 1)" – 4:02
  5. "Date to Church (with Tom Waits)" - 3:49
  6. "We Know the Night" - 3:28
  7. "Gudbuy t'Jane" (Noddy Holder/Jim Lea) - 4:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Westerberg – vocals, guitar
  • Tommy Stinson – bass
  • Chris Mars – drums, percussion
  • Slim Dunlap – guitar
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing engineer, piano, synthesizers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Don't Tell a Soul at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Replacements". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 23 Mar 2006. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Ira (Feb 9, 1989). "The Replacements Don't Tell A Soul > Album Review". Rolling Stone (545). Retrieved 29 Aug 2004. 
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^ "Trouser Press". 
  6. ^ "Replacement recording seesion guide". 
  7. ^ "Song FActs". 

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