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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.

Customer Reviews

A strong four

I was skeptical about listening to this, but they could've rocked the mainstream '90s scene so much harder if they'd pushed more. I don't know the full story, but these guys are just terrific, and so underrated. I would give it a five but I havent heard everything from it yet :P I wish they would make one more album and model it right after feeling strangely fine.


The prize is an amzing song even thought it's a little depressing.

Sculpture Garden

For anyone from Minneapolis--it's an awesome song!


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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