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Paul Westerberg | Come Feel Me Tremble | review | alternative | rock | Lollipop

Paul Westerberg

Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant)
by Katy Shea

14 new songs, simple lo-fi, grainy, authentic, first takes coupled with a fan-filmed documentary bordering on the hagiographic, Come Feel Me Tremble comes to me begging for a critical eye. But really, there's just so much on this album that reminds me not to be such a fucking critic and to appreciate why Paul Westerberg is, well, Paul Westerberg. The best word I could come up with is real. The songs are full of Westerberg's compelling vocals, ranging in style from post-punk frontman to confessional balladeer. They're not the best songs he's ever written, but they feel so right and are truly outstanding with his "wet basement and a four-track" feel. "Meet Me Down the Alley" is the acoustic ballad that every alt-rocker in Austin wishes they'd written, and "Pine Box" bounces right back in the other direction: Visceral, hard, and insightful. Listening to this record, you can imagine being in the room and seeing him play these songs, and I understand what inspired the fan to roll tape and try to explain what it feels like. Paul Westerberg's Come Feel Me Tremble reminds me what it feels like.
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