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UnRated Magazine Review: Century Park, Vernon Hills, IL - July 14, 2006
Band Concert Review
Soul Asylum Stands Up Strong

Soul Asylum Stands Up Strong

Century Park, Vernon Hills, IL - July 14, 2006

By Anita Maree Brodersen

Sometimes rock-n-roll is worth the wait and the Grammy award winning Soul Asylum is proving just that. After a seven-year absence the Minneapolis based band is back with a vengeance and on tour promoting their ninth full-length album called The Silver Lining.

Hundreds of fans came out on a hot summer night to sample the news songs and groove with the old ones. The four-piece band includes founders Dave Pirner- lead vocals and guitar and Dan Murphy – guitar, Michael Bland - drums, and Tommy Stinson on bass. (Original bassist Karl Mueller passed away in June 2005 but he was able to record tracks on the new album.)

Stand Up and Be Strong is one of the best songs off their new album and it could easily be their new anthem. Pirner snarls " You Might Have to Fight ,"- " You Might Have to Cry ," - " Stand Up and Be Strong." Another new winner is "All is Well" where the nazzle voice of Pirner sings, "All is Well in Hell" with such passion that you have to wonder what he was thinking about when he wrote it. Other new songs performed included the pop song Crazy Mixed UpWorld and a family war song called Lately . Past favorites performed included Misery and their chart smashing hit Runaway Train , which put them on the rock-n-roll map and won the Grammy for best Rock Song. With their ninety-minute showcase of original music, Soul Asylum gave a stellar live show with their raunchy alternative sound and clever story-telling lyrics.

The Silver Lining is laced with gold and Soul Asylum never sounded better.