The Silver Lining - Soul Asylum

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The group sounds genuinely reinvigorated.
  2. The sound of a band growing old comfortably. [Sep 2006, p.110]
  3. 70
    Sound[s] like a band that's discovered how to enjoy itself again. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  4. Sport[s] a trace more big league sparkle, but with the frayed cleverness and rock-solid musicianship that their fans know best.
  5. The Silver Lining suggests that Soul Asylum might still have another great album in them (especially if Murphy does more of the songwriting), but this one certainly isn't it.
  6. For tuneful, middle-of-the-road rock, The Silver Lining ain't bad.
  7. An old-school alternative rock album full of oversized riffs and open-hearted hooks.
  8. The nostalgia train is stalled by embarrassing platitudes and well-worn riffs. [14 Jul 2006, p.79]
  9. 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]
  10. 40
    The music... has become a too-clean version of their state's patented, tumbledown take on Stonesy power-pop. [Sep 2006, p.97]
  11. As bad as The Silver Lining is, a knee-jerk reaction would obscure some redeeming moments.
  12. 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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