Paul Westerberg – Eventually

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist (part 2)

More of the same, insofar as most people hated this album, and I suspect it’s mostly because they were unwilling to accept Westerberg as an adult. I, for one, don’t think we need additional iterations of “Gary’s Got a Boner,” and I greatly prefer the musing of a reflective, sober, and sad Westerberg.

What I Think of This Album

This is almost undoubtedly the best of the early Westerberg solo albums, even as it was savaged critically and popularly. I literally like almost every track. If it never really gets more raucous than a mid-tempo groove, that’s fine with me. This is a perfectly enjoyable, self-assured, mature album by someone who perhaps never felt more comfortable in his own skin.

“Love Untold” is a heartbreaking story of lovers who never meet. “These Are the Days” is both bruised and celebratory, with a wonderful jangly melody, and “Century” cruises along with crackling energy. Piano-based “Good Day” is a grey, simple tribute to former and recently-deceased Replacements guitarist Bob Stinson. Westerberg explores the question of parenthood and his own feelings of childhood rejection on the tough but tender “MamaDaddyDid.”

There is still room for fun, like on the goofy “Trumpet Clip,” featuring former brother-in-arms Tommy Stinson on bass and, naturally, trumpet. “Ain’t Got Me” has a great melody, with some good lines tossed in. Parts of “Once Around the Weekend” borrow the melody of “Merry Go Round,” as it tells the tale of a calm, domestic Westerberg. “You’ve Had It With You” may not be a Westerberg classic, but that fat distorted tone is worth the price of admission. Acoustic ballad “Time Flies Tomorrow” is an appropriate closer, a gentle love song with some nice imagery.

Davey Faragher (Cracker) played bass on some tracks; Minneapolis’s favorite drummer Michael Bland (Prince, Soul Asylum) sat behind the kit for a few songs; and ex-Zuzu’s Petals and Westerberg spouse Laurie Lindeen sang on “Ain’t Got Me.”

The Best Thing About This Album

“Love Untold” is sad as shit, all the more so because it’s realistic.

Release Date

1996

The Cover Art

Supposedly a last-minute replacement (heh heh) after the planned art did not work out, this is . . . not good. The text is hard to read and the colors are awful; the washed-out tone is drab.

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