Thumped Album Club hits Week 31 and it’s the turn of The Replacements’ Let It Be
Let It Be is the third studio album by American rock band The Replacements, released on October 2, 1984 by Twin/Tone Records. The band had grown tired of playing loud and fast exclusively by the time of their 1983 album Hootenanny and decided to write songs that were, according to vocalist Paul Westerberg, “a little more sincere.” Influenced by genres as diverse as metal, Chicago blues and arena rock, Let It Be featured more complex arrangements and songwriting than the band’s previous albums. It is a post-punk album with coming-of-age themes.
The album was well received by music critics and regarded among the greatest albums of the 1980s by Allmusic and Rolling Stone magazine. The album is now considered a classic and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums including placement as #241 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was remastered and reissued in 2008, with six additional tracks.
So give it a spin the requisite three times (rules is rules after all) and let us know what you think, either further down the page or over on the forums.