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Feeling, The - 2006 Twelve Stops And Home

ARTIST: Feeling, The
ALBUM: Twelve Stops And Home
LABEL: Island
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Dan Gillespie Sells - vocals, guitars * Kevin Jeremiah - guitars * Ciaran Jeremiah - keyboards * Richard Jones - bass * Paul Stewart - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Want You Now * 02 Never Be Lonely * 03 Fill My Little World * 04 Kettle's On * 05 Sewn * 06 Anyone * 07 Strange * 08 Love It When You Call * 09 Rose * 10 Same Old Stuff * 11 Helicopter * 12 Blue Piccadilly



I am always skeptical of 'the next big thing' coming out of Britain and The Feeling was no exception. When I read comparisons to 10cc and Supertramp I thought 'Yeah, sure', but my interest was peaked and cynicism put to rest by logging on to the bands web site and sampling some of the their tunes. Thank god for the internet and The Feeling! Not since Jellyfish have I been so excited about a new band. Oh yes, there have several groups in the years since 'Spilt Milk' that have attempted to dethrone Jellyfish from the pinnacle of power pop royalty. Cloud Eleven, The Tories, Sugarbomb and Merrymakers are just a few that have come very close with excellent albums, but never stuck around long enough due to public indifference or record company stupidity to make much of an impact. The Feeling, signed to Island Records and already gigging like there is no tomorrow have everything going for them unlike some of those brave power pop souls that have gone before them. Of course, in the end it's the music that matters and this band have a solid disc under their belts and one of the best I have heard in many a moon.

The Songs
Let's start at the beginning; 'I Want You Now' is a great opener with a sugary sweet hook reminiscent of Squeeze. A wonderful start, but wait (!) there's the Supertramp/Badfinger influenced 'Never Be Lonely' the albums second single and 'should be massive' hit. 'Fill My Little World' fulfils the promise of The Feeling as the new 10cc. 'Anyone' once again follows the blueprint of prime time Squeeze to the new heights of pop nirvana, but the crowning jewel of the album has to be 'Love It When You Call'. This song crams every power pop influence imaginable in three and a half minutes. Jellyfish, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, 10cc, Badfinger, The Raspberries.. do I need to go on? An amazing piece of music, but the remaining tracks are fantastic as well. 'Helicopter' bares are striking resemblance to Queen and 'Blue Piccadilly' is nothing short of magic sounding like The Beatles with a progressive edge that demands repeated plays.

In Summary
Yes, they are young and who knows what the follow-up album will bring? I hope they stay on the same path. Too many younger bands these days use the tired attitude of anger, disillusionment, 'dumbing down' and 'not taking themselves too seriously' (yawn), while The Feeling comes across as happy, sunny and full of life. Let's hope their attitude catches on and the usual 'hip' influences of The Velvet Underground (big yawn), The Stooges and punk take a back seat to the sweet sounds and influence of 10cc and The Raspberries once and for all.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 05 2008 20:19:53
New one for 2008 should be worth having a listen to..
#2 | Eric on March 05 2008 21:17:33
Yes, the new single 'I Thought It Was Over' has a Brian May influenced solo. Review of the album new album soon....
#3 | englandashes on April 12 2018 22:43:02
Quality album, the tune Strange is my favourite from The Feeling.

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