Don't Tell a Soul

Don't Tell a Soul is the sixth studio album by the American rock band The Replacements, released on February 1, 1989 by Sire Records.[1]

Don't Tell a Soul
The Replacements - Don't Tell a Soul cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 1989
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerMatt Wallace, The Replacements
The Replacements chronology
Pleased to Meet Me
Don't Tell a Soul
All Shook Down

Recording and releaseEdit

Don't Tell a Soul was the first Replacements album featuring Bob "Slim" Dunlap, who replaced founding guitarist Bob Stinson in early 1987.[2] The album was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Matt Wallace and the band. It was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, who decided to give the record "a three-dimensional, radio-ready sound".[3] However, singer and guitarist Paul Westerberg was not satisfied with the new direction, commenting: "I thought the little things I'd cut in my basement were closer to what I wanted."[3]

Don't Tell a Soul was released on February 1, 1989 by Sire Records. The song "I'll Be You" was released as a single.[4] This proved to be the band's only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100: the song peaked at #51 on the May 13, 1989 chart, just ahead of "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty.[5]

In 2008, the album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment with 7 additional tracks.[6] In September 2019, Rhino released Dead Man's Pop, a box set featuring the original mix of Don't Tell a Soul by the album's producer, Matt Wallace, rarities, unreleased tracks and a 1989 live concert.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Austin Chronicle     [7]
Chicago Sun-Times    [8]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[9]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[10]
Los Angeles Times    [11]
Rolling Stone     [12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [13]
Spin Alternative Record Guide4/10[14]

Don't Tell a Soul received generally favorable reviews, with critics noting the music's more mature themes and increasing disillusionment, along with a more private outlook.[15] Ira Robbins of Rolling Stone praised Westerberg's writing, stating that Don't Tell a Soul "is full of his sharp-tongued wordplay and idiosyncratic musical structures."[12] In February 1990, the album was ranked at number 16 in The Village Voice's 1989 Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[16]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Paul Westerberg, except where noted.

1."Talent Show" 3:32
2."Back to Back" 3:22
3."We'll Inherit the Earth" 4:22
4."Achin' to Be" 3:42
5."They're Blind" 4:37
6."Anywhere's Better Than Here" 2:49
7."Asking Me Lies" 3:40
8."I'll Be You" 3:27
9."I Won't" 2:43
10."Rock 'N' Roll Ghost" 3:23
11."Darlin' One"Paul Westerberg, Slim Dunlap, Chris Mars, Tommy Stinson3:39
2008 CD reissue bonus tracks
12."Portland" 4:28
13."Wake Up" 2:13
14."Talent Show" (Demo Version) 2:54
15."We'll Inherit the Earth" (Mix 1) 4:02
16."Date to Church" (with Tom Waits) 3:49
17."We Know the Night" (Outtake) 3:28
18."Gudbuy t'Jane" (Outtake)Noddy Holder, Jim Lea4:09



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  11. ^ Willman, Chris (January 29, 1989). "The Replacements 'Don't Tell a Soul.' Sire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Robbins, Ira (February 9, 1989). "Don't Tell A Soul". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Replacements". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 688–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  16. ^ "The 1989 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. February 27, 1990. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.

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