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Album Review

Soul Asylum's breakthrough, million-selling Grave Dancers Union yielded the mega-hit "Runaway Train" and put the band in a whole new league; longtime fans were predictably disappointed with the slick results. This is a solid alternative rock record with singer/songwriter/vocalist Dave Pirner upfront, a role he was built for but always seemed to resist until this clear do-or-die moment for the band. Soul Asylum did; however, they never matched the success or consistency of this album. Tracks like "Home Sick" and "New World" bear the roots of the country-rock revival later forged by Son Volt and Wilco, while the angst-ridden "Somebody to Shove" is pure joy Soul Asylum-style.

Customer Reviews

i remember the 90's like it was yesterday....

yes, this was a major 90's song. one of the best up there with all the other 90's bands (there are too many to metion!) just trust me and buy their songs. do it now.

Remember 90s Alt Rock?

Well, these guys were part of that group but they're often forgotten. Most people will know this album due to "Runaway Train" which is a great song. That's not the only good song on here though. Dave Pirner knew how to write some great lyrics. Recommended along with "Let Your Dim Light Shine."

One of the best of the 90's

This album is not just about the hits, of which they had three from this album. The whole thing moves so well from song to song. It is a must buy.


Formed: 1983 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few bands have had a more complicated relationship with commercial success than Soul Asylum. In the 1980s, they lurked in the shadows of the Minneapolis alternative rock scene, then dominated by the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, and their first tenure on a major label ended with the band being unceremoniously dropped after their expected commercial breakthrough was both a critical and a sales disappointment. In the '90s, they were one of the first underground bands to score a major hit in the wake...
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