Label: 429 Records
Soul Asylum might've played second fiddle to The Replacements in the '80s, but nowadays they record music that's way more energetic than anything Paul Westerberg releases. In an ironic twist, former 'Mat Tommy Stinson is their current bassist; he provides a solid thump, while his mates thrash about. The best tune here is "The Streets," a driving pop-punker on which Dave Pirner, choking on his own phlegm, boasts that his girl rules because she bails him out of jail. Then again, she better watch her back because on "Let's All Kill Each Other" Pirner admits that he's "sick and tired of everyone."