Picks and Pans Review: Pleased to Meet Me

updated 12/28/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/28/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Replacements

The nickname of this Minneapolis group, the "Placemats," suggests a certain complacency. But the remarkably accomplished assortment of rock and pop compositions on this album is peppered with enough heedless punk spirit to put that notion to rest. There was no happier surprise in rock 'n' roll all year.

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