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The Feeling are one of those bands which cause a memory block. Every so often, unless reminded of their existence, they simply fall out of your head. Their songs don't, you remember the songs - but you'll find yourself asking 'Who did this one...?' over and over again.
This is a really decent album - full of catchy songs and a slightly psychedelic-meets-Victorian-music-hall vibe. They write excellent songs - a few highlights being 'Without You,' 'Join with Us' and 'I Thought it was Over.' The music is light and up-beat, the lyrics less so.
I'm one of the tiny portion of music fans who actually listens to the lyrics, which, after all, tend to contain the guts and the heart of the song. The Feeling's lyrics are dramatically less cheery than you would expect - instead a strong vein of disappointment, and, above all, loneliness, bleeds through. But paired with this is a determination to keep going, to change things, to stand tall, which I defy you to listen to without feeling some level of up-lift.
My favourite song of this album is actually 'Don't make me sad.' It's an excellent song - heartfelt, well-written, and matched with jazz/swing undertones. Unfortunately, somehow the beautiful gentle cockney tones of lead man Dan Gillespie Sells (and I have nothing against his voice - I love his voice,) just don't fit in with this song, which needs a strong soul or blues voice to really belt it out. It's a strong song, and I just felt like his voice was not suited to it - it needs to be bellowed with grit, which is something that is just not in his range.
The Feeling have a great rock poppy sound with beautiful melodies and interesting songs. Their first album was brilliant, and Join With Us does not disappoint either. Almost every song on the album is enjoyable, with often funny lyrics and cheery harmonies. There is nothing that can cheer me up like this CD, and I never get bored of it. Whether you want to croon along to This Time, or count how many cheesy features there are in Won't Go Away, it is a wonderfully upbeat CD to pop on while you're doing the ironing. They have followed the trend of their last album in ending with a long song, which is a double track on Join With Us. The atmospheric Greatest Show on Earth is followed by the rhythmic and pretty We Can Dance which will stick in your head for hours! From start to finish, it's a brilliant album, and I have bought it as a gift for lots of people, because you simply can't go wrong with it. I would advise buying it from Asda where it cost £3 last time I checked.
I love love love this new album from the The Feeling. After the first album (twelve stops then home) I didn't think that they would be able to live up to their past but boy was I wrong. My personal favourite is track 3 the title track on the album. I cant believe how good it sounds turned up to full volume on my walkman! As with all albums there are the dodgy ones that you might skip past but they are very few and far between. I bought this when it first came out and I'm still listening to it now. I recommend buying it from Play.com at the minute as they have it for the bargain price of £4.99 with free delivery. I'd totally recommend this to anyone looking for an easy listening album (dont worry if you haven't heard anything else that they have recently done) you're gonna love it!
Join With Us is the latest album from British band The Feeling and is just as good as their first album! The band comprise of vocals, bass, guitar and piano, along with a few other instruments in some songs. The sound of the band is characterised by polyphonic vocals and many layers of sound which combine to make an amazing sound to listen to! This album has high quality songs and music and well worth a listen to. It has 13 songs which I will individually review:
1. I Thought It Was Over
The album begins with a very catchy opening with their popular single. This album typifies what the Feeling are about now, this song continues with the rock/pop feel, along with piano and much more guitar work. This song has catchy piano and guitar riffs and a great start to the album.
2. Without You
A slower song beginning with strings which feature throughout. This song is very reflective and a nice song.
3. Join With Us
The title track of the album and certainly one of the best songs. The song is exciting throughout the duration of it, and merits my praise! It has an unusually early key change and has a feeling of something happening. The ending of the song makes it memorable and the piano parts are good too.
4. Spare Me
An unremarkable song, slow and uninteresting! Not one of the highlights of the album. The broken chords are atmospheric though.
5. Turn it up
Vocally this song is very good, but to me it doesn't do much apart from herald the saxophone!
6. I Did It For Everyone
Again this song seems a bit pointless. 'I did it for you, I did it for everyone' is just a sound bite without real meaning! Vocals are good again but other instruments could have been utilised more to give this record a richer sound.
7. Won't Go Away
One of my favourite songs because it features an unexpected saxophone solo which is really cool! If all the songs on the album were like this the album would be stunning! Everything is there, vocals, instruments etc.
This song features more guitar and has a bass which drives the song forwards. It isn't a bad song.
A song about Connor and a bit of envy. For me this song isn't strong enough and doesn't do it for me.
10. This Time
Another simple melodic song!
11. Don't Make Me Sad
This song has a really simple melody which makes it very memorable and fun. The piano chords are constantly played and repeated which combined with guitar make a great sound.
12. The Greatest Show On Earth/We Can Dance
This track is in fact two songs. The first is a slow song but melodic and strange which makes it good! Minor and diminished it is a good song. Following this is We Can Dance which has a dance feeling and is a good ending to the album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Thought It Was Over
2 Without You
3 Join With Us
4 Spare Me
5 Turn It Up
6 I Did It For Everyone
7 Won't Go Away
10 This Time
11 Dont Make Me Sad
12 The Greatest Show On Earth / We Can Dance
13 We Can Dance