Folker is Paul Westerberg's sixth solo album. It peaked at number 178 on the Billboard 200 and number 18 on the Top Independent Album charts.

Folker
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2004
GenreAlternative rock
Length52:05
LabelVagrant
ProducerPaul Westerberg
Paul Westerberg chronology
Come Feel Me Tremble
(2002)
Folker
(2004)
Besterberg: The Best of Paul Westerberg
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Folker marks the final chapter in a trilogy of albums for the previous leader of The Replacements, which started back in 2002 with the release of the double album Stereo/Mono. Much like that set, Folker was entirely written, produced and recorded by Westerberg in his basement studio, with the recording kept as simple and lo-fi as possible. Westerberg has stated in interviews that he wanted to create a folk album in the vein of Rod Stewart's earliest solo work, consisting of an acoustic bass with minimal instrumentation layered on top of the tracks.

Westerberg shopped "Jingle" around to major retailers like Target and Best Buy for use in advertising, but they passed.[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Paul Westerberg.

  1. "Jingle" – 1:28
  2. "Now I Wonder" – 4:35
  3. "My Dad" – 3:28
  4. "Lookin' Up in Heaven" – 3:12
  5. "Anyway's All Right" – 4:41
  6. "$100 Groom" – 5:15
  7. "23 Years Ago" – 5:35
  8. "As Far as I Know" – 3:03
  9. "What About Mine?" – 3:43
  10. "How Can You Like Him?" – 4:04
  11. "Breathe Some New Life" – 5:30
  12. "Gun Shy" – 3:14
  13. "Folk Star" – 4:17

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