Don't Tell a Soul

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Don't Tell a Soul
The Replacements - Don't Tell a Soul cover.jpg
Studio album by The Replacements
Released February 1, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre Alternative rock
Length 38:37
Label Sire
Producer Matt Wallace, The Replacements
The Replacements chronology
Pleased to Meet Me
Don't Tell a Soul
All Shook Down

Don't Tell a Soul is the sixth studio album by the American rock band The Replacements, released on February 1, 1989 by Sire Records.[1]

Recording and release[edit]

Don't Tell a Soul marked the debut of Bob "Slim" Dunlap, who replaced founding guitarist Bob Stinson.[2] The album was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Matt Wallace and the band. It was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, who decided to give the record "a three-dimensional, radio-ready sound".[3] However, singer and guitarist Paul Westerberg was not satisfied with the new direction, commenting: "I thought the little things I'd cut in my basement were closer to what I wanted."[3]

Don't Tell a Soul was released on February 1, 1989 by Sire Records. The song "I'll Be You" was released as a single.[4] In 2008, the album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment with 7 additional tracks.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle3/5 stars[6]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[7]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[9]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[12]
Spin Alternative Record Guide4/10[13]

Don't Tell a Soul received generally favorable reviews, with critics noting the music's more mature themes and increasing disillusionment, along with a more private outlook.[14] Ira Robbins of Rolling Stone praised Westerberg's writing, stating that Don't Tell a Soul "is full of his sharp-tongued wordplay and idiosyncratic musical structures."[11] In February 1990, the album was ranked at number 16 in The Village Voice's 1989 Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Westerberg, except where noted.

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"Paul Westerberg, Slim Dunlap, Chris Mars, Tommy Stinson3:39



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  3. ^ a b Mehr, Bob (2016). Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, the Last Rock 'n' Roll Band. Da Capo Press. p. 315. ISBN 0306818795. 
  4. ^ "I'll Be You – The Replacements". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  5. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (September 26, 2008). "The Replacements: Tim / Pleased to Meet Me / Don't Tell a Soul / All Shook Down". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (October 10, 2008). "Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don't Tell a Soul, All Shook Down". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ McLeese, Don (February 6, 1989). "The Replacements, 'Don't Tell a Soul' (Sire)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 12, 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "The Replacements: Don't Tell a Soul". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. p. 50. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ Willman, Chris (October 3, 2008). "The Replacements' reissues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ Willman, Chris (January 29, 1989). "The Replacements 'Don't Tell a Soul.' Sire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Robbins, Ira (February 9, 1989). "Don't Tell A Soul". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Replacements". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 688–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  13. ^ Weisband, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  14. ^ Philips, Elizabeth; Robbins, Ira; Thomas, Evan. "Replacements". Trouser Press. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ "The 1989 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. February 27, 1990. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 

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