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Classic Album Review: Dave Pirner | Faces & Names

The Soul Asylum frontman gets his groove on with a set of smoky R&B and funk.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Think of it as Soul without the Asylum.

This debut solo disc from Dave Pirner is a marked contrast from his work with the veteran Minneapolis post-punk outfit formerly known as Loud Fast Rules. Apparently picking up from where Soul Asylum’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing left off, Pirner lays back and gets his groove on, crooning a set dominated by heartfelt, personal tunes set to smoky low-impact R&B and funk jams. And believe it or not, he manages to pull it off fairly well. At his best, like on the slinky 364, he sounds a little like Prince (or at least Remy Shand). But the one thing he never sounds like is the lead singer from Soul Asylum. Which, when you consider their last couple of albums, might not be such a bad thing.


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