Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Feeling



I recently discovered Brit band The Feeling. Or rather, re-discovered. The quintet had a free single on iTunes a whiiiiiile back (their Twelve Stops and Home album opener, "Sewn"), and I half-listened to it, in the way I half-listen to even the most decent free singles (to go off on a tangent: is it me, or have the free singles lately been lacking? I'll save that for a later post. Mental note). However, this past October I met the fantastic Nick Hornby, and asked him about some good music and he recommended The Feeling's song "I Love It When You Call," which is an uber-catchy ode to love, or falling in love, or being not-so-sure about love, just as the rest of the songs on their album Twelve Stops and Home are. That is in no way a move to say they are plain or boring. Each song's catchiness and melody is independent of the other, and yet the album feels like a cohesive unit, with not too many ballads, not too many rockers, and enough catchy hooks to last you until Chinese Democracy is released (and I mean that in a "it-will-last-forever" way, not a "Chinese-Democracy-will-bring-more-catchy-hooks!!" way). Despite loving Nick Hornby's choice, my two favorites off of Twelve Stops are "Never Be Lonely," a doe-eyed ditty full of "b-b-b-baby's" and "c-c-c-crazy's" and "Helicopter," a piano-laden tune that harks back to the Beatles (the way all Brit-pop bands do).
So what separates The Feeling from every other melodic/hooky/Britpop band? Well, you could argue nothing. In my opinion though, they stand out for their shameless longings for love, their just-enough dose of Morrissey, and their boy-band-but-not-in-bad-way harmonies. Think of them as Travis+Backstreet Boys+Fratellis+Beatles. Just really pleasant, fun tunes with lyrics you may have heard before, but won't mind hearing again.

1 comment:

John Tanner said...

tiny mix tapes had a bit about it and even went so far as to write a letter to rolling stone http://www.tinymixtapes.com/Kill-Rock-Stars-Touch-and-Go-Etc.

To me its w/e I've seen cigarretes being marketed to me my whole life, never made me want to smoke. And when i saw this ad featuring indie music and cigarretes I still didn't want to smoke. It may be shameless... but its someone's own decision/fault if they want to start smoking. I don't much like the ad, but people can still think for themselves.