Dead Man's Pop [Box Set]

Album Review of Dead Man's Pop [Box Set] by The Replacements.

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Dead Man's Pop [Box Set]

The Replacements

Dead Man's Pop [Box Set] by The Replacements

Release Date: Sep 27, 2019
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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Dead Man's Pop [Box Set] - Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

Pitchfork - 82
Based on rating 8.2/10

The Replacements story is filled with what-ifs and near misses. Their legend, essentially, is that if the chips had fallen differently, they might have become a popular band and had success into the 1990s, like their friends and rivals R. E.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Don't Tell a Soul gave the Replacements their only charting hit, but that modest success came at a cost. The album, like nearly all the 'Mats albums that preceded it, had a difficult birth, with the group battling original producer Tony Berg at Bearsville Studios in New York before finding a suitable collaborator in Matt Wallace, a soon-to-be-star producer at the dawn of his career. Wallace believed he was also hired to mix the album, but Sire always planned to hand over the recordings to a mixer with a proven commercial track record, so they wound up in the hands of Chris Lord-Alge, who gave the original tapes a cavernous, shiny mix that was state of the art circa 1988.

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Consequence of Sound
Their review was outstandingly favourable

The Lowdown: Conceived and shouldered through by Trouble Boys writer Bob Mehr and Rhino's Jason Jones, Dead Man's Pop peels back the history on The Replacements' 1989 sixth studio album, Don't Tell a Soul. Upon release, the album featured a glossy mix by Chris Lord-Alge, who gave Matt Wallace's original production "a three-dimensional, radio-ready sound." Some critics praised the FM wash, others weren't so pleased. The band was in the latter camp.

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