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Silver Lining CD (2006)

Artist: Soul Asylum

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Soul Asylum is back with their ninth album, The Silver Lining and fans will agree it remains true to the group's rock flare. Committed to the memory of bassist Karl Mueller, Soul Asylum's music is restores a sense of strength in moving on, expressed in the song "Stand Up And Be Strong".


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 202714402
UPC 828767516127
UPC 14 00828767516127
Format CD
Release Date 7/11/2006
Author Soul Asylum
Featuring Dan Murphy
Featuring Dave Pirner
Featuring Michael Bland
Featuring Pat Morley
Artist Bio
Soul AsylumRenewed and revitalized, Soul Asylum founders Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy return to rock?s front line with The Silver Lining, their first new studio release since 1998?s Candy From a Stranger. That album inadvertently kicked off a seven-year sabbatical for the group, which telescoped into the death of bassist Karl Mueller in June 2005, the other founding member of the triumvirate that has steered Soul Asylum through rock?s white water for the past two decades plus.The Silver Lining, Soul Asylum?s ninth full-length album (there were several EPs and cassette-only releases back in the indie ?80s) is every bit as quirky and off-centered cut-to-the-bone rock as their hardcore fans have come to expect, an indication that the Minneapolis-bred band has lost none of its edge. And why should they? ?We weren?t Mouseketeers,? Dave says, ?we never had any sort of showbiz advice that was useful to us. Everything that we?ve done has been relatively homespun and we?ve had to do it all by ourselves and we never got a lot of fake support or showbiz chops or anything like that.?Soul Asylum?s paradigm - as the prime number opposite of whatever a showbiz rock band is in the ?00s - is unavoidable throughout The Silver Lining, as Dave Pirner?s lyrics ruminate on the absurdity of stardom in ?Success Is Not So Sweet? and rip into the precarious nature of sanity in an insane world in ?Oxygen.?But Soul Asylum is a band of story-tellers in the Midwestern tradition, and the new album also digs deep into interpersonal relationships (?Crazy Mixed Up World,? ?Lately?), the fabric of peaceful co-existence (?Good For You?), and even a couple of songs that are redolent of New Orleans, Dave?s second home-away-from-home for the past few years (?Standing Water,? ?Bus Named Desire?). The downtown punk rock vibe crashes through on several cuts (?All Is Well,? ?Whatcha Need?). The new album was recorded at Flyte Time and the Terrarium Studios in Minneapolis, co-produced by Soul Asylum with Grammy Award-winning engineer-turned-producer Steve Hodge (on various tracks), and with John Field (on various tracks).
ReviewSource PopMatters
Review It can be chalked up to maturity, or to justified career frustration, but as Bob Mould (who completes the holy triumvirate of Minneapolis indie rock and served as Soul Asylum's producer many years ago) has shown, one can continue to grapple with life's struggles, maintain career autonomy, and thus retain relevance over the years. The Silver Lining is the sound of Soul Asylum sadly declining to meet that challenge, settling instead for comfort at the middle of the road. Whatever misguided criticisms were fired at the band in the 1990s now seem less incorrect than premature.
Reviewer Whitney Strub
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Soul Asylum
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Billboard Magazine An old-school alternative rock album full of oversized riffs and open-hearted hooks.
E! Online The group sounds genuinely reinvigorated.
Spin Magazine ...a band that's discovered how to enjoy itself again.
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