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Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait: Album review

The band that brought us the Grammy-award winning anthem ‘Runaway Train’ return with their epic new album.

Soul Asylum’s latest release 'Hurry Up and Wait' follows swiftly on from frontman Dave Pirner’s new book. Entitled 'Loud, Fast, Words,' the book is an annotated collection of lyrics with an essay about each of his albums.

If you’re a fan of bands like the Counting Crows, Pearl Jam and Bon Jovi, this latest album will fit right into your collection.

Soul Asylum's new album is called Hurry Up and Wait. Image provided by Sonic PR.
Soul Asylum's new album is called Hurry Up and Wait. Image provided by Sonic PR.

There are melodic riffs, evocative guitar solos, sing-along choruses (such as in the track ‘Got it Pretty Good’) and supercharged energy throughout, with the odd ballad or two thrown in.

And with a career spanning three decades, including the aforementioned hit ‘Runaway Train’ back in 1993, the Minnesota band have firmly established a place in the rock history books.

This is an album that I would happily put on in the background whilst I’m pottering about the house and there are some definite tracks on here that I could find myself singing along to after a few listens. These include the opening track ‘The Beginning’ with its chunky indie guitar intro and the almost bluesy ‘Landmines.’

"I did sort of put my guard down," Pirner says, when talking about the new album. "And I was like, 'Well, this time, I'm going to just go with whatever seems to be working, and I don't really care what kind of music people want to call it.' It's a little raw and forthcoming in the way that I didn't second guess it. There's a lot of just letting it come out as opposed to trying to force something."

The album is out on April 17.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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