SEMIMASTERS: MCA’s 20th Century Masters/The

SEMIMASTERS: MCA’s 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection was cool back around the millennium, back when everything had “millennium” on it, and they were releasing pretty good collections by true masters like The Who and The Velvet Underground. But lately they’ve really been scraping the bottom of the barrel of the MCA catalogue- reaching a nadir today when, during a visit to Tunes, I came across Twentieth Century Masters: Semisonic. Yes, St. Louis Park High School’s own Semisonic, the most successful musical act to come out of my alma mater since Peter Himmelman, had a pretty major hit back in ’98 with “Closing Time.” But that was their one and only hit, and apparently every new beginning has indeed come from some other beginning’s end, as the beginning of Semisonic’s stardom has come to an end. And the end has too.

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