Those 70’s Classic Rock vibes came back in full force in the mid 90’s, rebranded as Alternative Rock.
“Closing Time” in 1998 made them Superstars so I was curious to hear more.
Semisonic is an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1995.
The band has three members: Dan Wilson (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Munson (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar), and Jacob Slichter (drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals).
“Great Divide” is the debut album released on April 9, 1996 by MCA Records. The band had signed a record contract with Elektra Records to record the album. During recording, Bob Krasnow, the president of Elektra Records had quit, and in the changeover to a new president, the Neglektra dropped Semisonic. The band then signed with MCA Records, and finished recording the album.
The main riff is catchy.
If I Run
I like the groove on this and the way the vocal melody sounds.
It reminds me of Everclear and that whole power pop and post-grunge scene.
Down In Flames
Very Pearl Jam like and bleak.
Press play on this just for the bass groove and the way the guitars and keyboard play the riff.
The sort of falsetto like vocal melody is also different and catchy.
Before Creed wrote “Higher” there was “The Prize”.
Brand New Baby
The best song on the album. Press play to hear the Chorus.
Hearing this album so many years after it’s release is a fun trip. A lot of people see this album as better than the second album. Then again, they are labeled as a “one hit wonder”.
Ignore all that and just press play.
4 thoughts on “1996 – Part 4.7: Semisonic – Great Divide”
I know closing time, but never explored anything else of theirs. A shame it sounds like. I will give it a try.
I’m the same as 2loud, I never knew a thing about them beyond that song.
Pete!! Is it Closing Time yet?
I wish. Party is just getting started.