Some Sunday Morning Music: Tommy Stinson’s “One Man Mutiny”

23 Apr

BECAUSE YESTERDAY I WAS paging through the excellent biography of The Replacements, Trouble Boys, I was reminded of  Tommy Stinson”s 2011 solo album, One Man Mutiny.  I had taken it out of the car where it had resided for months, and realized I hadn’t listened to it in awhile…and now it will be awhile before it comes put of the car again.

One Man Mutiny, is a damn fine slice of alternative Americana power pop rock. Whatever you want to call it, its an album filled with solid, melodic songs that have stuck with me. Lots of music writers, and Stinson himself, have said that being in The Replacements with Paul Westerberg all those years was an influence on his songwriting. You can hear it – but Stinson is no clone of the legendary Minneapolis band’s primary songwriter and this album stands up on its own because Stinson is damn good songwriter (as well as a damn good bassist and guitar player).

Faves include the rockers “It’s A Drag” which has a meaty, sneering, Rolling Stones vibe, with female backing vocals soaring throughout, and gritty guitars. “Meant To Be” and “All This Way For Nothing” channel the ‘Mats as you might expect, especially the latter song. “Come To Hide” is a lilting ballad with a wistful chorus that you’ll remember after only one listen. “Seize The Moment” is a fine slice of power-pop with a buzzy, distorted guitar figure going thru it and a fun chorus. 

Other highlights include the country-esque sounding “Zero To Stupid.” Slide guitars  with witty lyrics combine and upon first listen one might think its a parody: “I used to love her, I used to miss her, my life goes on; I can’t go from zero to stupid in just one…drink”

“Match Made In Hell” is co-written by Westerberg. While Replacements die-hards may have gravitated to this song with wishful reunion thinking, it might be my least favorite song here.

In 2011 Stinson was the bassist for Guns N’ Roses and the album features some of his then-bandmates on some of the songs, including keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. 

A damn good album for a damn fine Sunday morning – or any day, for that matter. You don’t have to be a fan of the Replacements to love this album; if you’re a ‘Mats fan and never got around to checking this album out, for shame! 

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