About 20 seconds into the lewd rocker "Hot Un," the true identity of this Minneapolis-based one-man band becomes obvious. No, not The Artist Currently Known as an Unpronounceable Symbol. It's Paul Westerberg, former leader of the '80s protogrungers the Replacements.
What always set the Replacements apart—and makes this five-song EP so much fun—is Westerberg's brilliant songcraft. The taut, satirical lyrics of "Psychopharmacology" ("They say all the world's a stage/It's more like a medicine cabinet") pack as much wallop as the power chords. And while most of this CD rocks with the abandon Replacements fans have missed in Westerberg's recent solo work, his audience will be equally thrilled to see how much brainpower he can pack into three minutes of snarling rock and roll. Boy, Grandpa rocks. (Soundproof/Monolyth)