- Summary: The Dave Pirner-led band's first album in eight years includes tracks recorded with the group's late bassist Karl Mueller as well as The Replacements' Tommy Stinson (who, yes, served as a replacement).
- Record Label: Sony
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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SoniaCJul 30, 2006Great CD!!!!! is goog to have them back.
JeanneDJul 20, 2006I love this album!!!!
SherVJul 24, 2006So happy to have them back, and this is a great listen!
MattD.Jul 21, 2006I think the professional reviewers are off the mark here, as they often are. This is quite mainstream, but it isn't pandering to radio or insulting the audience. They should replace Nickelback on the radio.… Expand
DougRSep 15, 2006While not as undeniably brilliant as anything pre-their last masterpiece ("Let Your Dim Light Shine") I haven't been able to stop listening to this record. Even the few songs which are admittedly lyrically lacking or somewhat sappy are still catchy as all hell and this album does what their last one ("Candy from a Stranger") just plain never did: rocks your ass. Standout tracks like "Oxygen", "Bus Named Desire", "Standing Water", "All is Well" and "Slowly Rising/ Fearless Leader" are all instant classics and anyone of them would fit perfectly on "Made to be Broken" or "Hang Time" or whatever your favorite early SA album may be. RIP Karl.… Expand
JakobKMar 13, 2007Without a doubt, Soul Asylum know how to craft songs that stay with you. I remember hearing the tunes of "Runaway Train" all through my childhood, but only recently found out that they are so much more than one-hit wonders. It turns out "Runaway Train" was in no way a lone masterpiece; the songs on The Silver Lining have that very same emotion to them. With quality tracks such as "Lately," "Whatcha Need," and "Standing Water," it is a shame that radio and TV didn't pick this album up. The Silver Lining is an awesome album, and a memorable last effort if Soul Asylum would decide to go their separate ways after this.… Expand
MarkG.Apr 24, 2008The user who mentioned Nickleback gave away more than they probably realise. The problem with The Silver Lining is how bog-standard it is throughout. Pirner's once sharp lyrics (Black Gold, Somebody To Shove, Cartoon) are now riddled with cliches and the music is criminally lacking in hooks and the frayed-at-the-edges rawness of the pre-A&M days. There's nothing wrong with a band growing more accomplished and polished with age but Soul Asylum have become a tired, uninspired MOR rock band, more similar to the aforementioned Nickleback than their former selves. When you consider that these guys were once mentioned in the same breath as The Replacements, Buffalo Tom and Husker Du, a lame effort like The Silver Lining is criminal. The last great song from a member of Soul Asylum was Dan Murphy's Ill-Fated with Golden Smog. On the strength of that song and what the band were once capable of, there is still a glimmer of hope for Soul Asylum.… Expand
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