The Silver Lining - Soul Asylum
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  • 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).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The group sounds genuinely reinvigorated.
  2. 70
    Sound[s] like a band that's discovered how to enjoy itself again. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  3. The sound of a band growing old comfortably. [Sep 2006, p.110]
  4. An old-school alternative rock album full of oversized riffs and open-hearted hooks.
  5. The nostalgia train is stalled by embarrassing platitudes and well-worn riffs. [14 Jul 2006, p.79]
  6. 40
    It finds the band stranded in the middle-of-the-road, spinning its wheels amid a mass of musical cliches and Dave Pirner's overwrought lyricism. [Aug 2006, p.104]
  7. 30
    Most of it just falls flat, neither recapturing the glory days nor squarely moving the band into a new era. [#21, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. SoniaC
    Jul 30, 2006
    Great CD!!!!! is goog to have them back.
  2. JeanneD
    Jul 20, 2006
    I love this album!!!!
  3. SherV
    Jul 24, 2006
    So happy to have them back, and this is a great listen!
  4. MattD.
    Jul 21, 2006
    I 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
  5. DougR
    Sep 15, 2006
    While 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
  6. JakobK
    Mar 13, 2007
    Without 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
  7. MarkG.
    Apr 24, 2008
    The 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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