(1993, Sire/Reprise)

Having pissed off the rest of the Replacements with a load of, well, replacements, on that band’s last album, songwriter Westerberg struck out on his own for an album that shows just how great his songwriting is.

So good, in fact, it had one critic hail him as the ‘Accidental Poet Laureate of a Generation’. Still, it’s a bit disappointing he didn’t add the two songs from the Singles soundtrack to the album, as they’re arguably as good, if not better than anything else on show here.

READ: The aforementioned hyperbolic LA Times review

LISTEN: Spotify

WATCH: Paul playing Things on Later, but the intro chat is dubbed into German, which may be the best way to experience one of Jools’s painful introductions.