Monday, July 28, 2008

Paul Westerberg - 49:00

Downloaded Paul Westerberg's new album this morning for the princely sum of $0.49 (about €0.30). It's in no way a typical release but is definitely one of the best things I've heard in a while. It's only available as a single mp3 file lasting 43.55mins. There are no song titles, no smooth transitions, some songs last seconds, others are fully formed. It's a fascinating listen as songs play on top of one another before breaking into something completely different.

Westerberg played all the instruments himself and obviously felt liberated by the process. The music harks right back to the Replacements era and it all comes together brilliantly. It's a truly unique listen and for this price everybody should give it a listen. All the information you need is available on his website. It's available to download on Amazon but for us Europeans the only place you can get it is here.

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