Soul Asylum – Change Of Fortune (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:33 minutes | 860 MB | Genre: Rock
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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. “Change of Fortune” is Soul Asylum’s 11th full length studio album.
In 2016, Dave Pirner is the last man standing in Soul Asylum. The band’s co-founder, guitarist Dan Murphy, retired in late 2012, making Pirner the band’s only original member and uncontested leader on their 11th studio album, Change of Fortune. Murphy’s last album with SA, Delayed Reaction, was their liveliest and best focused album in years. But while Change of Fortune is certainly energetic, that sense of focus is gone, and these 12 songs wander all over the place. With Murphy gone, Pirner has infused the band’s trademark hard rock/punk hybrid with pop and R&B accents, laying in plenty of keyboards along with the guitars. Even the Led Zep-flavored guitar groove of “Can’t Help It” has a funky undertow, and “Make It Real” plays more like a ’90s dance track than Soul Asylum. There’s nothing wrong with Pirner giving Soul Asylum’s approach an update, but this batch of songs doesn’t find a new groove so much as muddy the group’s attack. New guitarist Justin Sharbono and bassist Winston Roye play well, and drummer Michael Bland knows what to do with the band’s new rhythmic diversity. But these songs are too rock to work as pop tunes, and too diluted to connect as rockers, and the studio trickery on “Ladies Man” and “Dealing” is mostly clutter. And sadly, Pirner stumbles most as a lyricist when he’s writing something that clearly matters to him. Easily the worst offender in this respect is “Morgan’s Dog,” a clumsy and puzzling mess about a kid who shoots his dog. Producer John Fields has given Change of Fortune a polished sound and an inviting surface. But the songs just don’t carry the weight, and this album inspires little confidence in Soul Asylum’s creative future with Pirner at the helm.
01 – Supersonic
02 – Can’t Help It
03 – Doomsday
04 – Ladies Man
05 – Moonshine
06 – Make It Real
07 – When I See You
08 – Dealing
09 – Don’t Bother Me
10 – Morgan’s Dog
11 – Change of Fortune
12 – Cool
Note: This album was recorded in 44kHz/24bit, and mastered in 96kHz/24bit.