New album, a follow-up to Grave Dancers Union and Let Your Dim Light Shine
"Even if you haven't thrown on a Soul Asylum disc since their grunge-filled glory days, give it a shot; you may be glad you did if you just go into it with an open mind." — New Noise Magazine
"For better or worse, Change of Fortune very much sounds like it could have been made in 1995, with a lot of polished-up bash-and-pop tracks that sound primed for REV-105 airplay, including the first single 'Supersonic.' The album does include a few interesting left turns, including a funky-punky spastic rocker called 'Make It Real' and a couple lighter, poppier tunes that eschew the band's punk roots like never before, 'Don't Bother Me' and 'Moonshine.'" — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Soul Asylum was formed in Minneapolis in 1983, mixing tuneful but unrestrained punk, hardcore, 1970s rock, country and self-effacing kitsch. One early review described their sound as follows: some unholy mix of Kiss and Hank Williams thrown under the wheels of a runaway train.
All elements contributed to the band being credited with a grunge precursor title, a claim often recited in comparisons between pre-Nirvana Minneapolis and Seattle bands.
Their breakthrough album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train" debuted in 1992 and went on to sell more than 3 Million copies. They followed this with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine in 1995 which went on to sell more than 1 Million copies. Soul Asylum have contributed music to three Kevin Smith films, "Clerks," "Clerks II," and 1997's "Chasing Amy" (in which Pirner provided the score). Smith directed the music video for the song "Can't Even Tell," which was featured on the "Clerks" soundtrack.
Dave Pirner is and always has been the driving creative force in Soul Asylum. Change of Fortune has been three years in the making and the wait is most certainly worth it. The first single "Supersonic" will have Soul Asylum loyalists happy to discover the group's trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact clever lyrical turns of phrase, classic rock riffs filtered through punk rock energy, and themes that everyone can relate to.
Change of Fortune is the sound of a band that has gone through good times, bad times, and every time in between... and has come out the other side as fresh and invigorated as when it all began in a basement in Minneapolis.
|Can’t Help It|
|Make It Real|
|When I See You|
|Don’t Bother Me|
|Change Of Fortune|