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Soul Searching Sun
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1997
RecordedStudio 4 Recordings, Conshohocken, PA
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
Length53:08
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerPhil Nicolo and Life of Agony
Life of Agony chronology
Ugly
(1995)
Soul Searching Sun
(1997)
Unplugged at the Lowlands Festival '97
(2000)
Singles from Soul Searching Sun
  1. "Weeds"
    Released: 1997[1]
  2. "Desire"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Tangerine"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Soul Searching Sun is the third album released by Life of Agony in 1997 through Roadrunner Records. The album was co-produced and co-mixed by Life of Agony and Phil Nicolo of the Butcher Brothers at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. This was the band's first recording with new drummer Dan Richardson and featured what was another stylistic change for the band, incorporating psychadelic elements into their sound and featured their first true ballad in "My Mind Is Dangerous".

Upon release in North America, the album was issued with three hidden tracks: "River Runs Red" (Re-Zamped) which was a re-recording of one of the band's most enduring songs from their debut album of the same name, "Let's Pretend (Trippin')" which was a psychadelic styled remake of a song off of their second album Ugly, and "Weeds (Unplugged)" which was an alternate, acoustic version of the album's first single. These songs were not listed on the packaging or in the album's liner notes. Shortly after the initial release of the album, Roadrunner Records released a digipak reissue of the album in Europe which included the first two bonus tracks from the North American limited edition along with "Tangerine". All four of these bonus tracks were recorded separately from the proper album in June of 1997 at Andy Kravitz's The Amazing Barn in Conshohocken with Kravitz co-producing and co-mixing. A fifth track, another re-recording entitled "How It Would Be '97" was also recorded at these sessions and was released as a b-side on the "Weeds" slimline CD single. Shortly after the album's release, lead singer Keith Caputo would leave the band to launch a solo career, citing his heart no longer being into the music. The band recruited former Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane to fill in and be able to fulfill their touring obligations in support of "Soul Searching Sun". However the band disbanded shortly thereafter. They would reunite for the first time in 2003 to perform two sold out shows at NYC's Irving Plaza. Several tracks from "Soul Searching Sun" including "My Mind Is Dangerous" were performed at these shows.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hope"Alan Robert4:03
2."Weeds"Robert4:07
3."Gently Sentimental"Robert, Keith Caputo3:20
4."Tangerine"Robert, Caputo4:09
5."My Mind is Dangerous"Caputo4:05
6."Neg"Caputo3:47
7."Lead You Astray"Robert3:59
8."Heroin Dreams"Caputo5:45
9."None"Robert, Caputo3:44
10."Angry Tree"Caputo3:57
11."Hemophiliac In Me"Caputo3:37
12."Desire"Robert3:12
13."Whispers"Robert5:15
European Digipak Edition Bonus Tracks[2]
No.TitleLyricsLength
14."River Runs Red (Re-Zamped)"Robert3:28
15."Let's Pretend (Trippin')"Caputo4:39
16.Untitled 3:28
American Limited Edition Hidden (unlisted) Bonus Tracks[3]
No.TitleLyricsLength
14."River Runs Red (Re-Zamped)"Robert3:16
15."Let's Pretend (Trippin')"Caputo4:42
16."Weeds" (Unplugged)Robert4:36

Personnel

Life of Agony

Additional musicians

Technical personnel

References

  1. ^ "Weeds" (single). Life of Agony. Roadrunner Records. 1997. RR PROMO 291.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ Soul Searching Sun, catalog number RR.8816-5, barcode 016861881658
  3. ^ Soul Searching Sun, catalog number RR.8816-2, barcode 016861881627


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