Review: Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson
“Village Gorilla Head”

The former Replacements bass player is now back with a vengeance on Village Gorilla Head.  After roving around to different projects following The Replacements’ demise, he appears to have assimilated his collective musical efforts into one record that doesn’t let us down.  Starting with the opening track, “Without a View”, Stinson explores the mellow side of rock ‘n roll while elsewhere he picks up the pace and lays out well-written rock numbers encouraging us to play along.  Shifting gears again, Stinson blends in tracks like “Motivation” and “Couldn’t Wait” – two songs that play on a similar stage to the current garage rock craze.  When all is said and done, Village is perfectly eclectic in taste and performance.