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Album Review

Producer and ex-Suicide Commando Chris Osgood was an excellent choice to produce this first attempt at a breakthrough record. And, despite a few songs simply sounding like retreads, this is a pretty snappy collection, with Dave Pirner's songwriting showing a depth and nuance that had previously been lost amid the roaring. The album closer, "Passing Sad Daydream," is even a country-tinged wallow that, despite being too long, was an indication that this band was developing a style that would allow them to make the transition out of speed rock's obsession with, well, speed.

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oh man, a college radio classic

Forget their later major label records (and definitely forget "Runaway Train"). This captures Soul Asylum when they were still Loud and Fast (and Ruled, as a result) but were finding their songwriting chops. "Freaks" and "Closer to the Stars" are maybe the best songs Soul Asylum ever wrote, while "Passing Sad Daydream" sounds like Hüsker Dü playing a Lynyrd Skynrd ballad.

This is a great album. Period.

For those of you who like older Soul Asylum, this is a must have. While Made To Be Broken, in my opinion, is their strongest album, I think that this one is a close second. Crashing Down remains to be my favorite song of all time, but this album houses other classics like Miracle Mile, Closer to the Stars, and Sun Don't Shine. If I could change anything about this album, it would be the cover art, and that's it! If you love Soul Asylum's most recent albums, then you probably shouldn't bother with this. However, if you like the old stuff, definitely pick this one up.

Biography

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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