The Upshot: Tommy Stinson knocks out one greasy gem after another with an ease and grace that only comes from a combo of talent and experience.
BY MICHAEL TOLAND
One of the unsung gems of the early 90s alt.rock explosion is Friday Night is Killing Me, the debut album by Bash & Pop, the collective formed by ex-Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson following the ‘Mats’ demise. While Paul Westerberg pursued his passion to become the James Taylor of college rock (at for his major label tenure), Stinson and company kept the ‘Mats legacy of rollicking pop & roll alive.
Now, a mere quarter of a century later, Stinson follows up Friday Night with B&P’s second album Anything Could Happen. As with the first album, it’s not so much of a band as a group of Stinson’s pals in various combinations. But, also as with the first one, Stinson’s vision is so focused that it sounds like a band. Picking up the threads of his previous solo record One Man Mutiny, ACH continues in that record’s Stones/Faces vein, almost like the ‘Mats with a downplayed Big Star influence. “On the Rocks,” “Not This Time” and the gleefully mean-spirited “Unfuck You” rock excitedly, “Never Wanted to Know” and the title track roll vibrantly and “Shortcut” and “Can’t Be Bothered” strip down to their undies for mostly acoustic, drumless elegance.
Stinson doesn’t try to be profound – he simply knocks out one greasy gem after another with an ease and grace that only comes from a combo of talent and experience. Anything Could Happen makes no apologies for getting down to the business of making no-bullshit rock & roll.
DOWNLOAD: “On the Rocks,” “Never Wanted to Know,” “Can’t Be Bothered”