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Albums Of The Week | 1: Beach Slang | The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City

James Alex's latest is probably as close as we'll get to a new Replacements album.

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THE PRESS RELEASE

“American rock & roll mainstay Beach Slang have released their most accomplished new album to date The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City. While James Alex has always invited a rotating gang of friends and players for recordings and shows, this record features a VERY special guest bassist: Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N Roses). “It was a real-life rock & roll daydream come true,” says James. Even as he continues to deliver his anthemic power pop with the earnestness of a gutter poet, Deadbeat Bang sneaks up on you. Like all Beach Slang albums, the eleven tracks are all written and arranged by James. It’s big, loud, and brash, immediately setting the tone for a record more inspired by the stadium classic rock of Cheap Trick than early Replacements. The record was mixed by heavy-hitter Brad Wood, celebrated for his work with the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair.”

MY TWO CENTS

You had me at Tommy Stinson. And you kept me by making the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a new Replacements album.