Our critics look back at the past year and the best in music, film, books and television and David Brent Johnson writes about the Replacements.
“If we’re all ultimately alone, some of us feel a little less alone when we listen to the Replacements. We are them for a while, and they are us—just for the duration of a pop song, but that’s a three-minute lifetime, dammit. Our little internal dramas, our inchoate home movies of the soul, gain a soundtrack that makes it all cohere into meaningful feeling. Matches struck in the darkness, cigarettes shared in the existential alley. “