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20th Century Masters — Millennium Collection: The Very Best of Semisonic leads off with their Grammy-winning hit single "Closing Time," which sets the template for the group's sound. Loud guitars, loud drums, Dan Wilson's honest and heartfelt vocals, and simple, hummable melodies put Semisonic in the category of modern bands like the Counting Crows and the Wallflowers who aren't slick but are still pop and popular. The collection features two songs from their debut EP release from 1995, Pleasure; three cuts from 1996's Great Divide, including the snappy title track; four tracks from 1998's Feeling Strangely Fine; two from 2001's All About Chemistry; and the very smooth "Over My Head" from the soundtrack to 2001's Summer Catch. The disc does a good job presenting Semisonic as one of the better bands riding the tail end of the alternative wave. ~Tim Sendra, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A Rock Essential

This album is comprised of some of the best songs by Semisonic, a band made famous by their song "Closing Time." Appropriately, this is the first song on this album. Although some of these songs are not so well known by Semisonic, they will be a great addition to any library of great rock music.

Just ok.

I would never buy this album because it's missing too many great songs like "Made to Last", "DND", and "Gone to the Movies". Yeah, all these songs are from the Feeling Strangely Fine album, but I really feel it's their best album. I could make a better "best of " because I love Semisonic, and this album does not them justice.

"Closing Time" a Masterpiece

Check out the You Tube video of Dan Wilson and Jake Schlicter performing "Closing Time" at their Harvard College Reunion. Dan humorously explains the backstory---"Closing Time" is not about exiting a bar, it is about exiting the womb. He fell victim to the tendency of band members to write songs about the birth of their kids, but he "hid" his version in plain view. Lines like "Closing Time," this room won't be open 'til your brothers or your sisters come," are the clues. Lines like "Every new beginning is some other beginning's end..." take on new significance.


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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