Let Your Dim Light Shine

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Let Your Dim Light Shine
Studio album by Soul Asylum
Released June 6, 1995
Recorded 1994 - 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 49:59
Label Columbia
Producer Butch Vig & Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum chronology
Grave Dancers Union
(1992)
Let Your Dim Light Shine
(1995)
Candy from a Stranger
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Spin (7/10)[3]

Let Your Dim Light Shine is the seventh album from 1995 from the band Soul Asylum. Critically, it suffered in comparison to its predecessor, Grave Dancers Union, the band's breakout release. It includes the hit "Misery," which was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic as "Syndicated Inc." on his album Bad Hair Day.

This was the first Soul Asylum album to list Sterling Campbell as the band's official drummer. He was listed as providing "percussion" on the previous album, even though he played on at least half of the tracks, including the big hit, "Runaway Train."[6]

The album's title is derived from a line in the song "Promises Broken." Actress Trini Alvarado provided backing vocals on three songs.

Dim Light was the least favorite album of the band, as Columbia, their label at the time, constantly interfered with their creative process.[citation needed]

The music video for "Just Like Anyone" starred actress Claire Danes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Pirner unless noted otherwise.

  1. "Misery" – 4:24
  2. "Shut Down" – 2:51
  3. "To My Own Devices" – 2:59
  4. "Hopes Up" – 3:45
  5. "Promises Broken" (Murphy, Marc R. Perlman) – 3:14
  6. "Bittersweetheart" – 3:34
  7. "String of Pearls" – 4:56
  8. "Crawl" (Stephen Jordan, Pirner) – 4:00
  9. "Caged Rat" – 3:03
  10. "Eyes of a Child" – 3:35
  11. "Just Like Anyone" – 2:47
  12. "Tell Me When" (Pirner, David Samuels) – 3:42
  13. "Nothing to Write Home About" – 3:14
  14. "I Did My Best" – 3:46

For the Japanese release of Let Your Dim Light Shine, an additional track was added to the album. It was a cover of the Descendents song "Hope". Note that "Bittersweetheart" fades out at 3:17, but the guitar feedback remains, therefore "Bittersweetheart" quickly segues into "String of Pearls". The running time of both songs equals about 8 minutes and 30 seconds long.

Singles[edit]

  1. "Misery"
  2. "Just Like Anyone"
  3. "Promises Broken"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 6

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "Misery" The Billboard Hot 100 20
1995 "Misery" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1995 "Misery" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1995 "Just Like Anyone" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
1995 "Just Like Anyone" Modern Rock Tracks 19
1996 "Promises Broken" The Billboard Hot 100 63
1996 "Promises Broken" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29
1996 "Promises Broken" Adult Contemporary 29

Band members[edit]

References[edit]