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Soul Asylum Readies First Album In Eight Years

Soul Asylum will release its long-awaited new studio album this summer, the band's first in nearly eight years.

Soul Asylum will release its long-awaited new studio album this summer, the band's first in nearly eight years. "The Silver Lining" will arrive July 11 via Legacy and features some of the final recordings of late bassist Karl Mueller, who died of throat cancer last June.

Originally slated for a March release, "The Silver Lining" was co-produced by Steve Hodge (Janet Jackson, Sting, Usher) and John Fields in Minneapolis.

"It will always remind me of Karl when I listen to it," group member Dan Murphy says. "He was really sick, but still pulled through and finished it in Soul Asylum fashion."

Drummer Michael Bland (Prince, Dixie Chicks, Sons Of Almighty) contributed to the album as did the Replacements' Tommy Stinson, who stood in as bassist for two tracks ("Bus Named Desire" and "Oxygen") and sang on four. According to a spokesperson, Bland and Stinson will join Murphy and vocalist Dave Pirner on a spring tour, which begins April 12 in Minneapolis and will run through August.

"Stand Up and Be Strong," the first track on the new album, is currently available on the band's MySpace.com page.

Here is the track list for "The Silver Lining":

"Stand Up and Be Strong"
"Lately"
"Crazy Mixed Up World"
"All is Well"
"Bus Named Desire"
"Whatcha Need"
"Standing Water"
"Success Is Not So Sweet"
"Great Exaggerator"
"Oxygen"
"Good for You"
"Slowly Rising"