45255-2 14 Songs
Produced by Matt Wallace and Paul Westerberg
Released on June 15, 1993
US CHART POSITION #44
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T he expectation, not unreasonable, was another album like All Shook Down but the beneficiary of the interim’s stockpiled songs. The title played to that unspoken promise: 14 Songs, and the mind already began to catalog their colorful shapes and sizes. By now you know it was a disappointment. The fourteen songs simply didn’t shake out as well as one hoped. It was clearly the work of Paul Westerberg, it just wasn’t his best work. Instead, it felt like a bored trip back to old haunts. Even a winning track like “Mannequin Shop” merely makes the mind wander back to “One Wink At A Time.” Of course, the disc grows on you with time, so maybe I haven’t sat with it long enough. But those expecting an intimate look into the artist, a stripped-down journey of the soul with a few more Sadly Beautifuls to show for it, will have to settle for what much of the time could pass for outtakes from the last ‘Mats album. “First Glimmer,” “Knockin on Mine,” “A Few Minutes of Silence” and “Things” could have shown up as bonus tracks on All Shook Down without anyone being the wiser (or the richer). Westerberg and coproducer Matt Wallace turn the amps up to eleven in a few spots, notably on the single “World Class Fad” and “Down Love.” But it’s the quieter moments that prove the most compelling: “Even Here We Are,” “Black Eyed Susan,” “Dice Behind The Shades” and the unfortunately titled “Runaway Wind.” I’ll keep returning to 14 Songs, looking for something to rally around, and maybe return with a better report. But I’m unlikely to shake the feeling that 14 Songs from Westerberg should have added up to more.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. KNOCKIN ON MINE    3:43
  2. FIRST GLIMMER    4:55
  3. WORLD CLASS FAD    3:27
  4. RUNAWAY WIND    4:23
  5. DICE BEHIND YOUR SHADES    4:11
  6. EVEN HERE WE ARE    1:39
  7. SILVER NAKED LADIES    4:38
  8. A FEW MINUTES OF SILENCE    3:17
  9. SOMEONE I ONCE KNEW    3:06
  10. BLACK EYED SUSAN    3:33
  11. THINGS    3:21
  12. SOMETHING IS ME    2:18
  13. MANNEQUIN SHOP    3:11
  14. DOWN LOVE    2:15

    All songs written by Paul Westerberg

CREDITS

PAUL WESTERBERG -- vocals, guitars, background vocals, AA battery keyboard, bass, sax, keyboards, mixing, concept and design
BRIAN MacLEOD-- drums, background vocals
JOHN PIERCE -- bass, pseudo ominous string creaks, big shaker, background vocals, piano
MATT WALLACE -- background vocals, percussion, bass, drums, engineer, mixing
Charmony Brothers -- background vocals (11)
Suzanne Dyer -- background vocals (12)
Josh Freese -- drums (3)
Joan Jett -- background vocals (9)
Josh Kelly -- drums, background vocals (1)
Laurie Lindeen -- background vocals (5)
Ian McLagen -- piano, background vocals (2,7)
Rick Price -- bass, background vocals (1)
Susan Rogers -- background vocals, additional engineering
Michael Urbano -- drums (2)
Jim "Watts" Vereecke -- background vocals (14)
Brendan O'Brien -- mixing (3)
Dave Bryson -- mixing (2)
Kim Champagne -- concept and design, photography
Frank Ockenfels -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1993 Sire CDPRO PRO-CD-6189  
US/UK June 15, 1993 Sire/Reprise CD/CS 45255  

 

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