Former Replacement's tired of waiting
In late 1997, Tommy Stinson joined Guns N’Roses. Seven years on, that band’s Chinese Democracy album remains unfinished, so Stinson can hardly be blamed for making a solo record. Varied and melodic with echoes of Big Star, Cheap Trick and, inevitably, The Replacements, there are crisp ballads (“Light Of Day”), Stones-style rockers (“Something’s Wrong”) and the odd full-throttle riff (“Couldn’t Wait”). Opener “Without A View” is a heady brew of acoustic’ guitars, cellos and layered vocals unlike anything we’ve heard from Stinson before. Still, he’d be better advised giving his old mate Westerberg a call.