Candy from a Stranger

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Candy from a Stranger
Studio album by Soul Asylum
Released May 12, 1998
Recorded 1997 - 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:17
Label Columbia
Producer Chris Kimsey
Soul Asylum chronology
Let Your Dim Light Shine
Candy from a Stranger
Black Gold: The Best of Soul Asylum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]

Candy from a Stranger is Soul Asylum's eighth studio album. It was released on May 12, 1998 (see 1998 in music). It follows 1995's Let Your Dim Light Shine.

The band had originally planned to release an album entitled Creatures Of Habit produced by Matt Hyde. Columbia Records did not approve of the recordings and shelved the album a few weeks before it was supposed to be released. The band re-entered the studio, this time with British producer Chris Kimsey, and emerged with Candy From A Stranger. Most of the songs featured were previously recorded during the Creatures Of Habit sessions. Drummer Sterling Campbell had left the band after completing that record, rejoined briefly in order to (re-)record his parts for the final album. He was not involved in touring or promoting the album.

I Will Still Be Laughing achieved fame after it was featured in the closing credits of the 1998 comedy BASEketball.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dave Pirner except as noted.

  1. "Creatures of Habit" – 3:23
  2. "I Will Still Be Laughing" – 3:46
  3. "Close" – 4:33
  4. "See You Later" – 4:46
  5. "No Time for Waiting" – 3:16
  6. "Blood into Wine" (Murphy, Herman) – 4:03
  7. "Lies of Hate" (Pirner, Campbell) – 4:39
  8. "Draggin' the Lake" – 3:38
  9. "New York Blackout" – 4:05
  10. "The Game" – 4:27
  11. "Cradle Chain" – 4:45
  12. "Losin' It" (bonus track on the Japanese edition)


  1. "I Will Still Be Laughing"
  2. "Close"



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 The Billboard 200 121

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "I Will Still Be Laughing" Mainstream Rock Tracks 23
1998 "I Will Still Be Laughing" Modern Rock Tracks 24

Band members[edit]