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Pleasure

Semisonic

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Album Review

Pleasure serves as an introduction to Semisonic's blend of melodic, guitar-driven pop and sensitive, '70s-flavored ballads. Issued while the band awaited the release of their first full-length effort, this EP features early versions of "The Prize" and "Brand New Baby," both of which were later revamped for Great Divide. The band succeeds in many styles, whether it's the whimsical power-pop of "Sculpture Garden," the stripped-down acoustic sound of "The Gift," or the soulful tones of "Star." Pleasure is a brief sample of Semisonic that leaves the listener hungering for more.

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After the breakup of Trip Shakespeare, Minneapolis natives Dan Wilson and John Munson teamed up with drummer Jacob Slichter to form Semisonic in 1993. Trip Shakespeare had spent years amassing a loyal audience with artistic harmonies and unexpected guitar counterpoints, but bandleader Dan Wilson took Semisonic in an entirely different direction, embracing a tightly crafted sound that proved to be more appetizing to mainstream audiences. "Closing Time" was the band's biggest hit, dominating the airwaves...
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