So which iconic former Replacement still has the goods? Both albums have their fair share of memorable hooks and astute lyrics, but Stinson’s solo debut makes many of the same overproduced, half-baked pop-rock mistakes that plagued his ex-bandmate’s ’90s material. Meanwhile, on Folker, Westerberg continues his recent artistic resurgence, crafting rough-and-tumble folk rock with a winning?if self-conscious?DIY approach. And his CD isn’t called Village Gorilla Head, which helps. Folker: B+ Head: B-
Posted January 17 2015 — 6:16 AM EST
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