Paul Westerberg – 49:00

July 23, 2008

“WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FAULTY – ALL SOUNDS ARE INTENTIONAL AND VALID AS A WORK OF ART”

Minneapolis based singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg’s latest album, 49:00, is one continuous 43:55 track, with at least 12 full songs, with a few covers of the Beatles, Alice Cooper, Steppenwolf and the Monkees woven in. Maybe “woven in” is the correct term, as 49:00 represents a sort of crazy quilt approach to music, with the songs mixed so they run into each other, and in the case of “Goodnight Sweet Prince,” over and under each other, then side by side. Random noises and often seconds long fragments of other songs serve as segues of sorts in between the full length songs, and the result sounds a bit like the radio shows that Negativland used to do, albeit programmed by a wandering, restless, and thoroughly engaging musical mind. Some of the songs are lo-fi sounding, but most of the album sounds crisp and sharp, so as eccentric as 49:00‘s presentation may be, it’s hardly a throwaway. Indeed, it’s one of Westerberg’s best solo albums ever, and certainly one of the most fun to listen to.

Man Without Ties – The Paul Westerberg Site

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2 Responses to “Paul Westerberg – 49:00”


  1. […] This just in calls it not a throwaway but one of Westerberg’s best solo albums ever. […]

  2. radiondn Says:

    An addendum to my “49:00” review: The album is apparently no longer available for download! Here is the explanation from Westerberg’s site:

    “What a short, strange trip it’s been for “49:00”. I’m going to do my best to explain what’s going on with “49:00” and the new release, “5:05”. To put it simply, “49:00″ is no longer available for download on either Amazon.com or Tunecore, it was removed from Tunecore last Thursday and from Amazon two days later. Gone, daddy, gone.”

    No word yet as to whether or not it will be re-released, and in what form.


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