AOTY 2023
The Replacements - Tim
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1985 Ratings: #4 / 121
User Score
Based on 372 ratings
1985 Ratings: #10
Liked by 59 people
September 18, 1985 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sire / Label
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If Let It Be captured the spirit of the Replacements, then Tim captured their soul.

Q Magazine
Major-label debut sees no let-up in quality.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Tim is simply cohesive, and despite the distortion and drum-bashing, it’s wall-to-wall pop music.

Rolling Stone

Tim isn't a perfect album; the anti-stewardess diatribe "Waitress in the Sky" is more mean-spirited than its targets deserve. But its other songs -- rangy, obstreperous, unsparing, funny and ever tuneful -- turn post-adolescent confusion into some kind of screwed-up enlightenment.


My personally favorite The Replacement album and takes everything from Let It Be and improves on it for such a diverse and melodic release with the band's most introspective lyrics.

Track Review

Hold My Life 9/10
I'll Buy 8.5/10.
Kiss Me On the Bus 9/10
Dose of Thunder 8/10
Waitress In the Sky 8/10
Swingin Party 10/10
Bastards of Young 9.5/10
Lay It Down Clown 8.5/10.
Left of the Dial 9.5/10
Little Mascara 8/10
Here Comes a Regular 9.5/10



"At least you tried" - The Replacements

Where do I start, "Tim" is considered one of their best albums alongside with their previous work "Let It Be" which I didn't like but it was still packed with a couple of great songs ("Unsatisfied" being the best one), but I thought it was obsolete for an 80s record.

What about "Tim" then, they basically thrown everything in this record, every genre possible, from punk rock to jangle pop to heartland ... read more


The final sound of the original line up of The Replacements is a fully realized and diverse album. One of the finest of the 80's and an excellent follow up to one of the best records of the 80s, if not, the best.


The second half was very strong, but seems an album I appreciate more than enjoy.


Tim features more commercial production, bigger songs, more bombastic songwriting and it all sounds good but is missing the great production from Let It Be and overall more infectious songs. It's good but weaker.


Bands such as The Smiths, U2, The Respacements, XTC with their very equal and extremely brilliant albums defined the sound of the entire 80s in every genre from pop to rock, their great influence could be heard.
No 10/10 rating can describe the power of albums like Tim, Pleased to Meet Me or Let It Be, because these albums are like an impregnable fortress and a beauty that can be discovered for many decades.

Rock after this band was something completely different

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Added on: January 14, 2013