In the wake of a recently-announced limited-edition covers EP, the merest inkling of a full-fledged Replacements reunion is reason enough to re-explore the revered cult band's songbook. Here are 15 of best songs by one of America's finest rock groups with a full playlist at the end.
17 Oct 2012
"Night Rally" is threatening and filled with devastating imagery, and "Radio Radio" -- while no less subversive in its subject matter -- is more upbeat, and most satisfyingly, contains a proper resolution.
04 Sep 2012
"Lipstick Vogue" builds off themes established previously on This Year's Model, but here the Attractions are simply unrestrained.
27 Aug 2012
This song's inconvenient placement in the This Year's Model track sequence might in part be responsible for its relative anonymity.
20 Aug 2012
The culmination of Costello's Beatles fixation, "Lip Service" is a comparatively tame power pop number that rounds out the otherwise threatening second side of This Year's Model
13 Aug 2012
It's almost not worth listening to Model unless it's a version that contains "Chelsea", as the song's presence is essential to the album's overall impact.
06 Aug 2012
To put it simply, this record sounds like like it was made by a bunch of kids who barely have any idea what they're doing or where it's coming from. But it's that impetuous, unseasoned enthusiasm that makes pop music like this so personal and engaging.
05 Aug 2012
"Hand in Hand" is overall reminiscent of Merseybeat, without a doubt one of Costello's major touchstones for This Year's Model and beyond. Yet the relatively tame vocal performance and buoyant melody offer a sharp contrast to the harsh lyrics.
30 Jul 2012
On "You Belong to Me", the author's romantic possessiveness and sexual neuroses that are merely hinted at in previous selections from This Year's Model reach their volcanic acme here, where they stay for the impassioned remainder of the record.
23 Jul 2012
More than the simplistic doo-wop homage some seem to disregard it as, "Little Triggers" is Costello at his lovestruck summit.
16 Jul 2012
The most stylistically New Wave cut from This Year's Model, the somewhat dated and overplayed "Pump It Up" serves as an arch between the lyrically-effusive "The Beat" and melodramatic "Little Triggers", a transition that otherwise wouldn't be as fluid.
09 Jul 2012
Nearly all of "The Beat's" magic lies in its glorious, impressionistic lyrics; everything else seems like sort of an afterthought.
02 Jul 2012
In spite of its title, Carlos and company don't really do a lot of shape-shifting on this roundly insipid record. It's depressing that Santana, an artist who is so clearly capable of creating frenetic, passionate - sexy even - music, has produced something so soullessly inert.
26 Jun 2012
"This Year's Girl" is much-welcomed cool-down after This Year's Model's comparatively raucous opener, "No Action"
25 Jun 2012
Leaving behind psychedelic prog for nervy New Wave, the latest Between the Grooves series is a track-by-track deconstruction of Elvis Costello's malicious 1978 masterpiece. First up is the frenetic "No Action", Costello's best album opener and a great way of introducing his backing band the Attractions to the world.
18 Jun 2012
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