Let Your Dim Light Shine

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Let Your Dim Light Shine
Let your Dim Light Shine.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 6, 1995
Recorded1994 - 1995
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerButch Vig & Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum chronology
Grave Dancers Union
Let Your Dim Light Shine
Candy from a Stranger
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB+[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]

Let Your Dim Light Shine is the seventh album from the band Soul Asylum, released in 1995. 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 with drummer Sterling Campbell. He provided half of the drums on Grave Dancers Union.

The album's title comes from a lyric of the song "Promises Broken." Actress Trini Alvarado provided backing vocals on three songs.

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.


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


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


Soul Asylum


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Let Your Dim Light Shine Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (1995-06-08). "Pirner's Folly". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  4. ^ Browne, David (1995-06-09). "Let Your Dim Light Shine". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. ^ Hochman, Steve (1995-06-04). "Album Review: Soul Asylum Is Searching With Its 'Dim Light'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  6. ^ "Let Your Dim Light Shine Review". Q. July 1995. p. 124.
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1998-02-02). "Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  8. ^ Arnold, Gina (July 1995). "Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 71.