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Silver Lining
     

The Silver Lining

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by Soul Asylum
 
The title of this, Soul Asylum's first studio offering in nearly a decade, has a decidedly bittersweet tenor, given the fact that bassist and co-founder Karl Mueller died of cancer during the recording process -- leaving a hole in the band's soul, but also a powerful legacy to remember him by. The Silver Lining is far more spirited than the band's last offering

Overview

The title of this, Soul Asylum's first studio offering in nearly a decade, has a decidedly bittersweet tenor, given the fact that bassist and co-founder Karl Mueller died of cancer during the recording process -- leaving a hole in the band's soul, but also a powerful legacy to remember him by. The Silver Lining is far more spirited than the band's last offering -- 1998's Candy from a Stranger -- and not simply because it's more laden with punchy riffs like the ones that run through the galloping "Bus Named Desire." Yes, there's plenty of amps-to-11 attitude, but even acoustic tracks like "Fearless Leader" (a Woody Guthrie-esque indictment of politicians as a whole, albeit one that could be pinned to the lapel of George Bush) have a jut-jawed intensity that's as infectious as it is bracing. Frontman Dave Pirner has re-tapped his (once seemingly bottomless) inner reservoir of riffs that reconcile timelessness and off-kilter originality, and he strews them like confetti across The Silver Lining, piling them particularly high on "Crazy Mixed Up World" and "Stand Up and Be Strong." The latter tune pretty much sums up the album's wizened, but not weary, tenor -- an acknowledgment that life's a struggle, but an affirmation that it's a winnable one.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Having once wooed alterna-teens, Soul Asylum have figured out a sound that their grown-up fans can enjoy.
Billboard - Sven Philipp
Mixing pop melody and garage grit, "The Silver Lining" is an old-school alternative rock album full of oversized riffs and open-hearted hooks.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767516127
catalogNumber:
75161

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soul Asylum   Primary Artist
Michael Bland   Bass,Drums,Vocals
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,farfisa organ
Steve Hodge   Bass
Joey Huffman   Organ,Keyboards
Kraig Johnson   Guitar
Karl Mueller   Bass
Dave Pirner   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Tommy Stinson   Bass,Vocals
Jeff Victor   Organ,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Andy Dee   Lap Steel Guitar
Dan Murphy   Guitar,Vocals
Ken Chastain   Percussion
Andra Suchy   Background Vocals
John Woodland   Guitar
Melissa Gorman   Background Vocals
Brad Meier   Background Vocals
Kari Shaw   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Fields   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Steve Hodge   Producer,Engineer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Ben Perlstein   Management
Jake Walesch   Management

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The Silver Lining 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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