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Bash & Pop: "Anything Could Happen"

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Bash & Pop

Anything Could Happen

(2016, Fat Possum Records)

Prior to this one, Bash & Pop, the band founding Replacements member Tommy Stinson formed in the immediate aftermath of the Replacements' breakup, hadn't released an album since 1993's Friday Night is Killing Me, a near-perfect collection of power pop tunes that, frankly, should have received more attention than it did upon its release. In the interim, Stinson moved to Hudson and has been busy playing bass in bands such as Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum. He also spent over a year in a Replacements reunion while quietly recording solo material in his down time. Anything Could Happen is Stinson's loudest, clearest, most individual personal statement to date. Songs such as "On the Rocks" and the title track have choruses so catchy that you're humming along to them by the second refrain. The album is full of fast and loose themes expressed through scrappy melodicism, and its sweet-tuned moments are followed by brash, middle-finger-in-the-face attitude: textbook Tommy. Fatpossum.com.

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