Soul Asylum’s Latest LP Could Mark A Positive Change In The Band’s Fortunes

Courtesy:  Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

The story of alt-rock band Soul Asylum is one of the modern music industry’s most interesting stories to date. This Minneapolis, Minnesota-based band has seen its share of highs and lows throughout the course of its now nearly thirty-five year life. Early on in its life the band struggled to make a name for itself. Even with ten albums under its collective belt (two of which went platinum–and one of which went platinum three times over–) thousands of albums sold around the world, and a number of hit singles, the band has never managed to achieve superstar status. Yet it has still maintained a solid fan base around the world and continued to make quality music. The band’s latest album Change of Fortune (its eleventh full-length studio recording) could very well mark the start in a change in the band’s fortunes. That is because this twelve-song record, which is currently slated for release on Friday, March 16th, presents plenty of songs that will appeal to audiences of all ages thanks to the mix of the album’s musical and lyrical content. The album’s opener ‘Supersonic’ proves that. The song’s catchy guitar riffs and driving beat couple with its interesting lyrical content to make for a song that will instantly grab listeners’ ears and have them singing and dancing along. ‘Dealing’ comes later in the album’s run. Its full-on alt-rock groove and insightful lyrical content makes it another good example of what makes this album a potential change of fortune for the band. The album’s title track, which the band saves for much later in the album, is one more good example of what makes this record so surprisingly enjoyable. Its musical content presents an infectious semi-bluesy groove that is sure to impress audiences. Its lyrical content is just as impressive. The combination of both elements makes this song one more piece that is sure to help make this album the start of a change of fortune for the band. And it most assuredly can be said that it isn’t the only remaining song featured in this record that could be cited in this argument either. ‘Cool,’ the album’s closer could just as easily be cited as could ‘Can’t Help It’ and ‘Ladies Man.’ Whether for those songs or the compositions more directly noted here, it can be said of the album in whole that it is an impressive return for Soul Asylum and a return that any Soul Asylum fan should hear at least once.

Soul Asylum’s latest full-length studio recording (it’s eleventh) Change of Fortune could very well be the beginning of a change for the band’s fortunes. That is saying quite a bit considering the band’s history. This twelve-song, thirty-nine minute record presents more than its share of solid offerings for audiences beginning right off the top with its opener ‘Supersonic.’ ‘Supersonic’ is a good start to this record with its catchy guitar riffs and driving backbeat. Both lines couple with Winston Roye’s bass line and Dave Pirner’s vocals to transport listeners right back to the 90s. The song’s lyrical content is just as poppy for lack of better wording. Pirner sings here, “Call me at the office/Call me sad but true/It calms me when you call me/It keeps me in my room/Supersonic/Just how you want it/Gin and tonic she’s always on it/Supersonic, she’s always on the way/Automatic autumn/Left it sound and safe/We are moving onward/Wasting away. Considering such content, one would think that this song wouldn’t be as upbeat as it is in terms of its musical content. But in fact the opposite is the case. Pirner seems to be coming across here as talking about someone that seems to have a certain amount of emotional control over another. That is just this critic’s interpretation. It is hardly gospel. The line in which Pirner sings, “We are moving onward/Wasting away” would seem to contradict that interpretation. That aside, the fact that Pirner could get audiences thinking an discussing so easily says plenty of these lines. The discussions and thoughts don’t end with those lines, either. Pirner goes on later to sing about meeting at a station and telling someone where to go.It is definitely an interesting line in itself. And together with the rest of the song’s lyrical content, the song in whole is sure to keep listeners talking and singing along. The discussions brought on by the song’s lyrical content come together with the discussions on the song’s blatantly 90s sound to show exactly why this song was such a wise choice to open Soul Asylum’s new album and why the song was an equally wise addition to the album in whole. It is just one wise addition to this album, too. ‘Dealing’ is another good addition to this record.

‘Supersonic,’ with its mix of 90s-influenced musical content and discussion-invoking lyrical content proves in the end to be a wise opener for Soul Asylum’s latest full-length studio recording. It proves to be just as wise of an addition to the album in whole. As with the album’s opener the main reason for this is the song’s musical content. The song’s musical content boasts a full-on 90s alt-rock groove that is sure to get audiences moving. It might come across as an odd comparison to some, but in this critic’s own view, the groove in question actually conjures thoughts of King’s X. Audiences that are familiar with King’s X will likely agree when they hear this song for themselves. In regards to the song’s lyrical content, it is just as interesting. The song comes across as a social commentary of sorts as Pirner sings, “Everybody knows/Anything goes/We were only trying to have a good time/Livin’ while you learn/You’ll get your turn/We were only living with the one line/When you point the finger/Do you often find it pointed back at you/When you look at the mirror/Do you wonder who is looking back at you?” He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus “This is what we’re dealing/This is what we’re dealing with.” As if that isn’t enough proof of that interpretation, Pirner sings in the song’s second verse, “Every move you make/Is like a slitherin’ snake/Winding up the coil/Wastin’ your time/I don’t know what you heard/This is absurd/Trying to set yourself up for the last time.” Pirner comes across, in considering both verses, and the song’s short, simple chorus, as making a statement about someone that is not the best type of person by any means. It’s as if he is commenting on those people who act one way in a situation but in reality are rather quick to blame others anytime something bad happens and who refuse to accept responsibility for anything. Again, that is just this critic’s own take on this song. So it is not meant to be taken as the only interpretation. It is just the starting point for discussions on the song’s lyrical content. Regardless of wrong or right, Pirner has once again presented a song in its lyrical content alone that proves to be another good addition to Soul Asylum’s new album. And together with ‘Supersonic’ both songs together strengthen this album in whole even more. Of course the two songs together are not the album’s only songs nor are they the only good additions to this record. The album’s title track, which comes late in the album’s run, is just as impressive of an addition to the album as those songs.

Both ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Dealing’ are prime examples of what makes Change of Fortune a solid return for Soul Asylum and a record that any of the band’s fans should hear at least once. As impressive as both songs are in the overall picture of the album, they are not the only good examples of what makes this record worth hearing. The album’s title track, which serves as the album’s penultimate composition, is another piece that proves the album’s worth. Its musical content is a good starting point in the discussion as to why. ‘Change of Fortune’s’ musical makeup presents a semi-bluesy groove a la Lenny Kravitz that will have listeners moving just as easily as any of the album’s other songs, including those already noted here. The song’s lyrical content adds a whole other element to the song that when coupled with that infectious groove makes the song in whole a piece that is one of the album’s most standout moments. What makes the song’s lyrical content so notable is the ways that it can be interpreted. There is some material that makes it come across as a song centered on a couple’s meeting and relationship issues. At another point it seems to have something of a social commentary turn once again. Yet the song’s chorus segments seem to hint otherwise. Considering this it is sure to have audiences listening perhaps closer than at any other point in this record. Together with ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Dealing,’ all three songs are equally certain to have audiences listening and talking. And they are hardly the only pieces from this album that could be cited as examples of what makes this record worth hearing, too. Every one of the songs not noted here will each have listeners talking just as much. All things considered, the fact that Change of Fortune could have listeners so closely engaged shows that it could very well be the turning point in the band’s fortunes in its decades-long history.

Soul Asylum’s eleventh full-length studio recording is a welcome new return for the veteran alt-rock band. Fans old and new alike will agree with that sentiment when they hear this record for themselves. That is thanks to the mix of the album’s classic 90s sound in its musical content and the equally interesting lyrical content in each of the album’s songs. The combination of both elements together over the course of the album’s twelve songs and thirty-nine minutes will keep listeners completely engaged from beginning to end. That is evident not just in the songs noted here but in every one of the album’s songs. Regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Soul Asylum’s body of work, every listener will agree to all of this in hearing this record. In doing so, they will also agree that this record is not just a welcome return for the band but a record that every Soul Asylum fan should hear at least once. It will be available Friday, March 18th in stores and online. More information on Change of Fortune is available online now along with all of Soul Asylum’s latest news and tour updates at:

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Kravitz’s Fans Won’t Want To Let Go Of His New Tour Documentary

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Rocker Lenny Kravitz has made quit the name for himself over the course of his career. For more than twenty-five years he has churned out ten albums (many of which have gone gold and even platinum and not just once either), numerous singles, a handful of compilations and has also lent his talents to other projects all while touring the world just as many times over. Speaking of his touring Eagle Rock Entertainment recently gave audiences yet another chance to experience Kravitz’s live show last month in the form of the new rockumentary Lenny Kravitz Live: Just Let Go. As noted, Just Let Go is a music documentary, not a pure concert presentation. It is not the first of its kind either. That is not a bad thing, though. As a matter of fact the fashion in which the program was presented is at the core of its success. that will be discussed in more depth shortly. In the same vein the feature’s editing is just as noteworthy. Last but hardly least worth noting of the program’s overall presentation is its combined set list and stage presence of Kravitz and company. All three noted elements together are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in the documentary’s presentation. There is also a handful of bonus live performances included in the presentation worth noting and the overall look of the program in whole just to name a couple more elements that could be discussed. Whether for those elements or any of those more directly noted, the presentation in whole proves in the end to be one that any of Lenny Kravitz’s fans will enjoy.

Lennny Kravitz’s new rockumentary Just Let Go is a presentation that none of the rocker’s fans will *ahem* want to let go. This extensive tour documentary is one that every one of his fans will enjoy. The main reason for this is the fashion in which the program is presented. It is not the first of its kind to ever be released by any act. However in viewing audiences will note that it doesn’t come across like so many of those aforementioned pieces. The noted programs are typically composed of short live segments coupled with guerilla-style off-stage segments showing acts going here, there and everywhere. This program, while not the polar opposite of those presentations, is close to it. Rather than the typical guerilla-style off-stage segments, audiences are instead treated to a series of deeply insightful interviews with Kravitz and his fellow musicians. Some of the interviews in question are deep, single-person sit down segments while others such as those featuring Kravitz’s horn players sees them relaxing, playing a game of pool while they discuss life with Kravitz and their fellow musicians. Viewers will be interested to learn about Kravitz’s apparently devotion to giving audiences the absolute best show possible yet his gentility with his band mates. There are also some light-hearted moments shared throughout, too such as the interview with Kravitz’s backup vocalists. Audiences will laugh uproariously as they discuss their first meeting with him and their apparent……appreciation for him for lack of better wording. Audiences will get that joking reference when they see the program for themselves. Those are just a few examples of how Just Let Go’s overall presentation makes it stand out so clearly from other rockumentaries. The concert segments are just as important to note.

The interview segments that are included in the body of Just Let Go are key in their own way to the program’s overall presentation. While they are clearly important to the program’s overall presentation, they are just a tiny portion of what makes it worth the watch. The live segments that are mixed in with the interviews are just as important as the interviews in themselves. That is because they aren’t just short performance segments. Rather they are full song performances. Some of those performances are even tied in to small segments of the band behind-the-scenes. The catch is that said performances are still complete. They don’t cut off and cut to the noted behind-the-scenes segments. Said segments are used along with the songs to add even more impact to the overall presentation. The approach taken here makes the live segments that much more enjoyable. While the recording in whole has been presented via Eagle Rock Entertainment, it serves to illustrate even more Kravitz’s dedication to giving fans the best presentation possible. And when coupled with the program’s live segments the overall audio and visual presentation that lies at the center of Just Let Go shows itself to be one of the program’s most important elements if not the single most important. Of course it is not the only important element worth noting. The program’s editing is just as worth noting as the overall presentation.

The combination of on-stage and off-stage elements presented over the course of Just Let Go shows in itself to be one of the program’s most important elements if not the single most important of the program’s elements. That’s because they are the elements that draw in audiences. Of course without the work of those charged with editing the video for its presentation, none of the noted video would be of any consequence. Luckily those individuals handled their duties with the utmost prevision and expertise. The audio levels rarely if ever have to be adjusted over the course of the program. And the vintage grainy effect used from beginning to end really does give the presentation in whole a special feeling that in itself stands apart from so many other music documentaries out there. On another level, little things like cuts between the on-stage and off-stage segments are clean. At some points the connection between specific songs and interview segments is perfectly timed and cut. It’s little things like that attention to detail that make this presentation one that every one of Kravitz’s fans will enjoy. It also once again mirrors Kravitz’s statement in regards to wanting to give audiences the best experience possible. It’s even more reason that audiences will enjoy the program, but once more not the last. The combined set list and stage presence presented in the program’s live segments rounds out the primary ways in which Just Let Go proves to be a program fans won’t want to let go.

The set list featured throughout Just Let Go’s live segments combined with the stage presence of Kravitz and his fellow musicians round out the core ways in which the program shows itself to be one that Kravitz’s fans will thoroughly enjoy. It would be a lie to say that the set list featured in this presentation is career-spanning or even defining. However, it is true that of the presentation’s eighteen total performances they cover quite a wide swath of his now ten total albums. It includes songs from Strut, his most recent album, 5, Are You Gonna Go My Way, and even his 1989 debut record Let Love Rule among others. The band’s stage presence throughout each performance makes the whole thing all the more enjoyable. Watching Kravitz and company perform, it is clear that a Lenny Kravitz concert is more than just a concert. It is in fact a full experience in every sense of the word. It is something from which audiences walk away from knowing that they will never forget. From the sheer power of the songs to the band’s own energy in delivering said songs, the concert in whole is one of those things that makes a person understand the importance of taking in a live show. And it translates quite well in the case of these performances. That solid translation couples with the expert work of those charged with editing the presentation to make Just Let Go quite the enjoyable tour documentary. The on and off-stage segments that lie at the center of the program solidify that argument. All things considered, Just Let Go shows in the end to be a piece of which no fan will want to let go.

Lenny Kravitz Live: Just Let Go is a fittingly titled new presentation from the veteran rocker. It stands out solidly from so many other run-of-the-mill tour documentaries that are out there today. The presentation’s editing is just as worth noting in its success. Last but not least worth noting is the combined set list and stage presence on display throughout the presentation. All three elements show in their own way why none of Kravitz’s fans will want to let go of his new tour documentary. And they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg here, too. The bonus performances and overall look of the presentation are worth noting, too. One would be remiss to ignore them. And if there were time enough to cover them, too this critic would touch on them, too. Regardless, it can be said of each element that in whole they make, again, Just Let Go a presentation that none of Kravitz’s fans will want to let go. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

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Lenny Kravitz Teams Up With Eagle Rock Entertainment For New Live Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Forget that song from Disney’s megahit movie Frozen. This fall, veteran rocker Lenny Kravitz will release his latest live recording Just Let Go.

Just Let Go will be released Friday, October 23rd via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital formats. The twelve-song recording features a collection of performances was recorded throughout Fall of 2014 during the European leg of Kravitz’s world tour. The tour was in support of his latest full-length studio recording Strut. It was released September 23rd, 2014 via Roxie Records/Kobalt Label Services.

Just Let Go includes some of his biggest hits and some lesser known pieces including: ‘Fly Away,’ ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way,’ ‘It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,’ ‘Let Love Rule,’ and his cover of The Guess Who’s hit song ‘American Woman’ among others. The complete song listing for the recording is noted below.

The tracklisting for ‘Just Let Go’:

1) Fly Away

2) Dirty White Boots

3) American Woman

4) Dancin’ ‘Til Dawn

5) Strut

6) It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

7) New York City

8) The Chamber

9) Sister

10) Dig In

11) Let Love Rule

12) Are You Gonna Go My Way

Along with performances by Kravitz and his band mates, there is also behind-the-scenes footage included in the presentation, interviews, and soundcheck footage. Eagle Rock Entertainment has also included as bonuses for Kravitz’s fans live takes of ‘Sister,’ ‘Always on the Run,’ ‘Sex,’ ‘I Belong To You,’ ‘New York City,’ and ‘Let Love Rule.’ In discussing the upcoming recording, Kravitz noted that it gives fans a good look at his relationship with his band mates and the effect of touring on their lives both as individuals and as a traveling family of sorts. “I am a solo artist but Just Let Go reflects on the relationship with my band and the camaraderie that develops between us while out on the road,” he said. “The film takes a deeper look into what it’s like to be on tour and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with my band, both on and off the stage.”

Just Let Go will be available in stores and online on Friday, October 23rd. It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. Pricing information on each platform will be announced as its release date nears.  Audiences can check out a trailer for the upcoming release via Youtube now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjeNHfoNX1Y&feature=youtu.be. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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