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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: The Feeling / Audio CD released 2006-06-05 at Island

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      05.02.2012 15:46

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      A great indie pop album

      What first attracted me to this album was the cover art - it's so bright and colourful and I guess I expected the album to be the same. I wasn't wrong!

      The album consists of twelve tracks and it has an average running time in terms of length. It contains the singles Sewn, Never Be Lonely, Fill My Little World and Love It When You Call. I would describe the album as indie pop, with a souful edge to it. Yes, some of the songs are slow, however they're full of feeling and if you listen to the lyrics they're actually very well written. The upbeat songs are happy and catchy without coming across as cheesy. This album was actually quite refreshing as it was released at a time when the charts were becoming more or less dominated by RnB rubbish!!!!

      I paid just £2.97 for this album from Amazon a few months after it was released. The album was given mixed reviews but I happen to like it. It's not the most "feel good" album that i've ever heard but it's clever, cool and well produced. The songs are all different, they're not boring and they have meaning.

      If you enjoy listening to The Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs e.t.c I think you would enjoy this. It's still pretty cheap to buy so why not give it a listen?

      Surprisingly rather good!

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      20.11.2010 18:24
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      Well crafted Pop Album

      Released in 2006 this is the Feelings first album and gave them a good push into the public consciousness with their brand of musical theatre pop, which has served them well over the years. The track that stands out for me is the excellent 'Never Be Lonely' which is a classic piece of pop which reminds me a lot of Electric Light Orchestra.

      The album veers between happy go lucky pop and happy romantic pop. for me it is easy listening pop by a band rather than manufactured pop and there should be no stigma in the title 'pop', they make enjoyable popular music and this album is definitely worth a listen for anyone who enjoys melody and a well written tune.

      My two favourite tracks are the excellent 'Never Be Lonely' which builds up brilliantly to a perfect end and 'Fill my Little World' which starts with a beatles style riff and piano. It is a catchy tune, beautifully paced and just incredibly listenable, lyrically its good, but its upbeat and puts a smile on your face with big singalong choruses.

      The other stand out track is 'Love it when you call' which starts like a Darkness song but then builds into a formidable pop song. The rest of the album veers between good and very good, nothing else stands out but it is a well crafted album of popular music, inoffensive and bouncy, its never going to be cutting edge, but it is well formed and for me i'd rather hear good music than anything else, so this is a definite 3 out of 5, three really good songs, other nice songs, nothing is awful, but it isn't something i'd go out of my way to listen to often either.

      1. I Want You Now
      2. Never Be Lonely
      3. Fill My Little World
      4. Kettle's On
      5. Sewn
      6. Anyone
      7. Strange
      8. Love It When You Call
      9. Rosé
      10. Same Old Stuff
      11. Helicopter
      12. Blue Piccadilly

      The album is available on Itunes and in all good music stores, costing £5 in Amazon.

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      14.03.2010 18:29
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      Something for all the family

      Twelve Stops and Home was The Feeling's first album released in 2006 and (perhaps) overplayed on the radio. It features the hits "Never be Lonely", "Fill my little world", "Sewn" and "I love it when you call". It is a CD full of catchy tracks and variety. It has 12 tracks plus a hidden bonus track at the end. The CD box is really cool - it is bright and summery with lots of random big objects.

      The music is very poppy, but some of the songs are a bit different. Helicopter is a weird but strangely mesmerising song. The words don't really make sense but that adds to the charm! The beat is unpredictable and the chords are odd. I've made it sound weird, but it's actually good! Kettle's On is also a bit different, because it sounds a bit R&B to begin with. My favourite song overall is "Never be lonely" but I think I probably know the whole album off by heart now!

      This album really grows on you, and is great for listening to in the car. Check it out on Spotify.

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        11.07.2009 18:42
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        Good debut album from the Feeling

        The debut album from pop band The Feeling, this is a very good debut album, I had to get it after hearing the first single-Fill my little world. These guys came from nowhere and are now playing at big festivals and have released their second album as well. There are twelve tracks on the CD and I've listened to this CD many times and enjoy it as light hearted pop.

        My favourite tracks off this album have to be

        (1) I want you now, this a great opening song very catchy as with all their songs all the band members come together nicely, and I appreciate the guitar solo which is a bit unexpected as they are seen as a pop/ boy band.

        (2) With this song Dan criticises people in love and also implies he's jealous of them as they aren't lonely, the lyrics are one of the best points of this song. Another great solo that goes perfectly with the song.

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        22.04.2009 21:08
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        My ears hurt!

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        The Feeling
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        The Feeling are a BRIT award winning pop band consisting of five lads from Sussex, UK. They are well known for their feel good pop anthems which you would expect to be cheesy, but luckily for them they pull it off and make it work! Their most famous hit to date is probably 'Fill My Little World', the track that put them where they are today. The band members are: Dan Gillespie Sells, Richard Jones, Kevin Jeremiah, Ciaran Jeremiah, and Paul Stewart. So far they have released two studio albums:

        Twelve Stops And Home (2006)
        Join With Us (2008)

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        Tracklist
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        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

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        01. I Want You Now
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        This wouldn't be my first choice as an opener for a debut album, 'Fill My Little World' or 'Never Be Lonely' would be better suited for this position I think! It starts off with some fast drumming and some annoyingly high pitched pop styley harmonies BLEURGH!!! Well, I guess it could be a considered a good song if you're a fan of upbeat cheesy pop but it's not for me! I also find it slightly irritating that they seem to have the idea that if they have a rock-sounding guitar background it'll make it seem less pop. Doesn't work for me. "I want you now, I don't care how, we're both too young to be sitting around, I want you now, you make me sure, you make me live, and that's worth more than I ever could give, I don't know how but I want you now". 4/10. (sorry to all fans!).

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        02. Never Be Lonely
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        B b b b b baby I think I'm going c c c crazy-----is it any wonder after listening to that!? Ok, maybe I'm being a little too harsh, I'm not criticizing the band, they are a group of talented guys but can it get any cheesier?! I'm glad I had this album given to me and I didn't buy it! The rest of the song is pretty much the same dribble unfortunately, I can't help but think that this guy's voice would be much better suited to a different style of music. Despite me not liking it, many other people do so they must be doing something right! "People in love get fast and foolish, people in love get everything wrong, people in love get scared and stupid, people in love get everything wrong, at least they're not lonely, at least they're not lonely". 5/10.

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        03. Fill My Little World
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        My guilty pleasure! I will "show some love" to this song, as much as I HATE to admit it, they were definitely onto a winner when they penned this gem. Filled with sweet harmonies and an extremely catchy chorus, they couldn't fail to lose with this one. It sounds good, it makes you feel good, it's just another annoyingly addictive, poptastic song that'll have you hooked. "I had a dream we went away, left this city for a day, you took me southwards on a plane and showed me Spain or somewhere, but in reality you're not so keen to show me anything, and I thought you liked me". 10/10.

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        04. Kettle's On
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        Starts off with a 'nice' bass line which I can't really fault. There's a piano backing throughout the majority of the song which thankfully takes most of the pop edge away, but for me, the track is lacking something that I can't really put my finger on. Something is just missing, it's all a bit bland. "I'm strong but I feel like I'm lost when your gone, and I'm weak, but I'll take on the world when you're here with me, can't you see you're in the wrong place won't you please face it and come home". The chorus is actually pretty good on this track, it shows a more serious side, I like it. 6/10.

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        05. Sewn
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        Again, I like this track. It's not cheesy at all and it actually sounds pretty good. I like the intro and the way it fades into the verse, it almost has an indie feel to it until it gets to the chorus which I don't think does the song any favours unfortunately. "Give me the song and I'll sing it like I mean it, give me the words and I'll say them like I mean it, 'cause you've got my heart in a headlock, you stop the blood and make my head soft, and God knows, you've got me sewn". This track would be so much better if it wasn't for the annoying "na na na na na's". 7/10.

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        06. Anyone
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        I'm still fairly undecided about this song. In parts it sounds really good, some of the lyrics are effective. There are just some irritating bits as with most songs on this album. "Where the hell did you get that smile, I haven't seen one of those in a while, 'cause these days I'm such a bore, I mope around like I've seen it all before, 'cause something has changed, I used to be an open heart, what have you done to me". 6/10.

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        07. Strange
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        I actually really like this song. It may sound a bit depressing when you first hear it but once you listen to the lyrics you will see that it is one of the most serious and meant songs on the whole album. Everyone takes their own interpretation from it, I've got my own but I'll let you make up your own minds about it! "If you get too high, what goes around comes around and brings you down, 'cause people gonna see you how they wanna see you, people gonna rate you people gonna hate you, people gonna shove you, people gonna love you, people gonna do whatever makes them feel they own you better, everyone knows we're strange, so why do you feel ashamed, everyone knows we're different so why do you feel ashamed? We love you all the same". 10/10.

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        08. Love It When You Call
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        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Just when I thought this album wasn't bad after all they hit you in the face with another track full of nonsense dribble. Ok, maybe some like it but they could have put it near the start of the album! It's like listening to a fantastic song then hearing some really annoying pop harmonies! "I love it when you call, I love it when you call, I love it when you call but you never call at all". No wonder they don't call, I wouldn't either! Ok I think that's enough 'The Feeling' bashing. I'd like to say it's a good song but I'd be lying. 4/10.

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        09. Rose
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        Phew, I'm glad I forced myself to listen through the last 'track' because this one is certainly a hidden gem! A piano backed beautiful ballad, I don't normally like this sort of music but this song really had me hooked. The lyrics are really well written and performed, this really suit's the lead singers voice. "You and your friends, in boxes of tens, cool to the touch, you warm me so much, the white to your left and the red to your right are all that I'd see, 'till I realised, the love that I seek lies right in between, Rose, I love ya especially today". 10/10.

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        10. Same Old Stuff
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        This track is pretty mediocre to be honest. There's nothing special about it and nothing that really makes it stand out but there's nothing really bad about it either. It kind of lives up to the 'Same Old Stuff' title! "I feel it in my bones, and I feel it in my skin, and in the blood that flows within, I thought it was obvious, well, my love is made of the same old stuff". 5/10.

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        11. Helicopter
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        I like this track. It has somewhat of a quirky attraction. I think it's the backing music and the really quite strange lyrics that make it so effective. It doesn't sound like a pop song either so that's a plus! The lyrics are good, if not a little odd, and pretty well performed too. "My piano's out of tune, I wish it wasn't, I wish that you were mine, I wish that my heart was stronger, my piano's out of tune, I wish it wasn't I wish we had more time, I wish that my world was softer and I want a helicopter, I've had this feeling before, my heart is crawling in the mud, mud, mud, I'd feel much better I'm sure, if I had a helicopter." 10/10.

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        12. Blue Piccadilly
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        A somewhat disappointing ending to the album in my opinion. There are some interesting sounds and vocals in there but nothing really out of the ordinary. "I put the dog out for you, travelled beneath the woods for you, down where it's rumbling, suburbs left crumbling, here's where the fun begins, it's true". Hmm, I think not! 3/10.

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        My Overall Opinion
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        I'm glad I gave this album a listen but it's not really to my taste. Don't get me wrong, there are a few hidden gems and I would happily listen to them again but the rest I just find irritating. If you are a fan of pop music then this album will definitely be for you! Overall, 5/10.

        Thanks for reading!

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          25.02.2009 21:41
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          solid pop

          I would like to be able to criticize this lot to the hilt, though part of their annoyance is not actually their fault. It is down to radio airplay hammering their singles to death throughout 2007, which resulted in me having a strong dislike for ever hearing their music again.

          Who are they:

          UK based guitar pop group, the bassist is going out with Sophie Ellis Bextor and the lead singer is openly gay. They have notched up an impressive run of top twenty chart hits.

          Highlights:

          'Sewn' is a sufficient enough track, if not a little bland. The 'na na na' chorus does little to inspire me, yet the verses add some depth. I find the vocals rather subdued on this track which enhances the doom laden feel surrounding it.

          More cheerful is 'Never Be Lonely' which is all swirly synth magic and bright vocals. It is the kind of song you would play when you feel let down by a loved one. Even more positive is 'Fill My Little World' which has a glorious opening to it, which seems to hark back to the sixties. It actually stirs memories of the Beatles and lifts the spirits.

          'I Love It When You Call' has a fine set of lyrics which ring so true. Despite the downbeat nature of the lyrics, the melody remains fresh and buoyant and keeps it moving at a swift and exciting pace.

          For something more subdued, the elegent 'Rose' will refresh and cleanse the palette leaving you desiring more of the flavoursome rich melody.

          Overall:

          This is an easy on the ear, pleasing pop album. The singles might be overplayed, but 12 tracks should keep you busy for a while. Good stuff

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            12.01.2009 11:25
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            The Feeling prove happy go lucky indie pop is still alive and well.

            Before I bought Twelve Stops and Home I never realised that there were still bands capable of creating a whole album of non-stop quirky indie pop without any filler. The debut album from the Feeling was released back in 2006, and made it to number two in the UK album charts. Unfortunately, considering the current state of the music industry, achieving the coveted number one spot for album sales perhaps doesn't hold as much weight now as it used to. But listening to the album for the umpteenth time, it's easy to see why the album has achieved so much success and it's a refreshing change from the manufactured X Factor tripe that seems to dominate the charts of late.

            Twelve Stops and Home has spawned five singles so there will almost be a certain familiarity with many of the songs when you first listen to the album. Never be Lonely and Love it When You Call are perhaps a couple of the most recognised songs by The Feeling. Despite not recalling the titles of many of the songs when I initially scanned the track listing, I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of some familiar and uplifting numbers on the CD. The CD boasts 12 songs, any of which could have been released as singles and there is a certain jaunty optimism to the music of The Feeling that makes this the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon or evening of chilling. This is an up tempo selection of poppy guitar songs with a quintessentially British feel to them. That's not to say this is an album lacking maturity and emotion though as tracks such as Sewn show a more sincere and heartfelt side to the band.

            Vocally, Dan Gillespie has a raw and emotive sound that is both soothing and evocative at the same time. There is enough pathos and depth to the music to raise it above the bar of standard easy listening. The Feeling somehow combine jaunty melodies and plenty of na-na-na lyrics to create an album that is still mature and bright. In a world where indie is quickly becoming synonymous with Northern angst, this is an album that shows that good old indie guitar music can still exist with a healthy dose of optimism and summery brightness.

            This is an album that's filled to the brim with hits and is a prime example of an album that's all killer and no filler. Just when you might begin to worry that this saccharine coated indie pop is all becoming too much, songs like Sewn and Strange remind us that it isn't all candyfloss and rainbows in the world of The Feeling. But whether they're singing about love found, love lost or something as simple as a bottle of rosé wine, there's a consistent combination of brilliant melodies, sublime vocals and simplistic jaunty guitars. This is sunny pop with a sprinkling of raw emotion for good measure. Admittedly, it won't be to everyone's tastes and angst ridden teenagers probably won't empathise with the music of The Feeling but if you appreciate tuneful music with accomplished vocals and thoughtful backing then this is an album that will keep you smiling and tapping your foot from start to finish. This is an album with longevity, and after playing it umpteen times I still can't envisage the day when I'll tire of hearing Twelve Stops and Home.

            Track Listing

            1 I Want You Now
            2 Never Be Lonely
            3 Fill My Little World
            4 Kettle's On
            5 Sewn
            6 Anyone
            7 Strange
            8 Love It When You Call
            9 Rosé
            10 Same Old Stuff
            11 Helicopter
            12 Blue Piccadilly

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              03.04.2008 14:12
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              Excellent Pop Album That Feels Good To Listen Too

              The feeling released this album in the year of 2006. It is called 12 stops and home and as you can guess it contains 12 tracks. The album is one of the best I've heard that came out in 2006 and I'd say that I don't dislike any of the songs on the album.

              One of the good things about this album is that the worst songs are average and there are several really good songs, I would say that seven or eight of the songs on the album would be worthy of a release as a single.

              Twelve Stops and home has a very good pop music feel about it, the album contains a lot of catchy and uplifting songs that I could happily listen to any day of the week.

              I would highly recommend anyone to go and get this album no matter what there taste in music is as twelve stops and home is full of fun catchy pop tracks and the lyrics are fairly good to. Also this album is just about the right size at 12 tracks and it lasts for about an hour. I bought this album two years ago and I still listen to it today as it is probably one of the best albums I have.

              Best Tracks In My Opinion Are:
              Sewn
              Kettle's On
              Fill My Little World
              I Love It When You Call
              Anyone
              Rose

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                21.01.2008 17:12
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                Generally a fantastic album and worth buying!

                Twelve Stops and Home is the first album by the band 'The Feeling' and is a lovely blend of musical inspirations. It is classified under the genres of 'pop', 'rock' and 'soft-rock'. It features multi-layered vocals, piano, drums and guitar in most of their songs which adds to a distinctive style that they have. They're one of the best bands out there at the moment because of their ability to write soulful and amusing music which I will analyse song by song:

                1. I Want You Now
                Slower than the other songs but a good introduction to the album and the rest of the songs. This song is quite repetitive but as you find as you listen, the vocal arrangements are stunning with many voices layered over each other.

                2. Never Be Lonely
                This song leads on from the previous song. It is a though provoking song which builds up to a nice guitar solo. It is a happy feel good song which is one of the best songs on the album.

                3. Fill My Little World
                This song has an excellent piano riff which runs throughout the piece, defining it and making it very very catchy. This combined with the bass makes it an unbeatable song. The lyrics are funny and the piano part superb - best song on the album.

                4. Kettle's On
                A slower song, not written to be a hit. It has a laid back feel, with a slow guitar solo which is just as powerful as the solo in Never Be Lonely. Again the piano defines a steady tempo throughout.

                5. Sewn
                The second longest song on the album lasting for 5:55. This song lacks powerful guitar playing, substituting it for slow plodding piano rhythms and quiet guitar and nice vocals easy on the ear.

                6. Anyone
                A song that isn't great. This song rambles around, repeating 'It could have been anyone' but musically it is lacking because the vocals are uninspiring and the instrumentals aren't too great either!

                7. Strange
                A funny song which is a hidden gem on the album. Slow and thoughtful with amusing lyrics (''cos everyone knows we're strange') and intimate piano parts and skilful guitar. Vocally very good as well.

                8. Love It When You Call
                One of the best songs on the album. Everything is great about this song! The lyrics are funny, piano played delicately, guitar played with broken chords and vocals everywhere! This song is my ringtone I like it so much!

                9. Rosé
                After Love It When You Call you could get more of a contrast. This song opens with just simple vocal and guitar ensemble but broadens to include broken chords on guitar and simple piano parts. I think it is clever to include a contrast but I don't think this song is one to write home about! However some of my friends really like this song so it's probably best if you make your own mind up about it!

                10. Same Old Stuff
                Similarly to Rosé but a little quicker. The strengths are the vocals and the guitar solo which make this a good song to listen to! A strong feel of tempo makes this a clever and well written song.

                11. Helicopter
                Clever written piano part makes this song addictive and sound like a helicopter. Otherwise an unremarkable song that slips into the abyss of the fantastic album.

                12. Blue Piccadilly
                A song written in 2 parts with a 2 minute break in the middle! The song has the feel of going home, I guess which symbolises that this is the last song of the album.

                Overall their style is pretty unique and great to listen to and the same time so I recommend this album highly. You'll probably be playing it a lot of times if you buy it!

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                  29.10.2007 20:33

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                  Feeling Great With The Feeling!

                  This album was released last year, but I still think they're one of the best bands around at the moment. Compared to some of the squeaky-chipmunk-chavvy music around nowadays, The Feeling is a refreshing break.


                  Overall, there are 12 songs on this Album and I'd say about 10 are definately worth a listen. Rose and I Want You Now, are slower than the others, they don't quite reach the high quality of the other 10 tracks and are quite easy to forget. The other 10 tracks however, are sensational, thought-provoking lyrics, catchy tunes and unforgetable.

                  "Blue Picadilly" is great, it is slower, but the tune is great and you'll be listening to this for hours on repeat! "Strange", "Kettle's on" and "Same Old stuff" are my other favourites and I still haven't tired of them, a year after I got the CD!

                  There are some of their classics aswell on this album, "Fill My Little World" was their first major hit, soon followed by "Never be Lonely" and "Love it when you call", I'm sure everyone must have heard atleast one of these songs at some point! If you haven't, then you have missed out!

                  I paticulary like the cover art aswell for this album. Very bright, colourful and eye-catching. The image of a hand holding onto the handle on a bus, relates to the song, "Blue Picadilly". There's so much going on in the cover, it really grabs your attention and gives you an impression of what is to be expected before you even start to listen

                  Would recommend this to anyone! :)

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                  It's really rather good

                  Twelve Steps From Home – The Feeling
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                  Let me tell you a story, perhaps the oldest story in the world. It’s a story of love: love desired, love found and, finally, love lost. Ah, we’ve all been there. But scratch that, I think I’ll let some friends of mine tell you the story. Let me introduce you to four nice young lads who call themselves ‘The Feeling’. Yeah, it’s a stupid name but they’re probably students.

                  These poor lads, and let’s call them art students while we’re at it, have really put themselves through the mill this time as this tale is rather more complex than the normal boy meets girl scenario. It runs from initial coveting through a very short romance and leads to rejection, pleading, stalking, general sour grapes and finally to some self-delusional acceptance. Again, I think we’ve all been there.

                  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The Feeling and their tragic tale of love that is ‘Twelve Steps and Home’.

                  Track 1: I Want You Now~
                  Our story doesn’t get of to the most promising of starts. Our friend has found a right fit lass and is determined to make her his. His courting technique leaves a little to be desired, though, and is primarily based around aggressively claiming that everyone needs to go out with someone and that therefore she might as well go out with him: ‘I want you now, I don’t care how’ he blurts out before wimpishly saying ‘at least we can say we won’t be lonely’. It probably sounded better in his head.

                  Track 2: Never be Lonely
                  A different tack here as our friend tries to persuade the object of his affection how wonderful it is to be in love. This is more like it; the cute/funny approach usually works better than shouting at girls although he does play the ‘never be lonely’ card again which is going to threaten everything. Could be onto a winner here.

                  Track 3: Fill My Little World
                  The cute/funny approach seems to have worked and some kind of congress has been achieved. It’s not clear what form this congress takes but I’m thinking a drunken fumble at some grubby student party. At this delicate stage of a relationship some care is needed, to reassure the girl you’re not a nutter and worth seeing again. Unfortunately our intoxicated young friend is getting ahead of himself and has begun exhorting her to love him. Over excited and over eager, I fear this will be setting off ‘weirdo’ alerts in her mind.

                  Track 4: Kettle’s On
                  Now that we have had this coming together there now appears to be a divergence of opinion regarding the direction this nascent relationship should be taking. Our friend is of the opinion that they are now a couple while the young lady has a somewhat different view. He’s sitting at home waiting for her to return from some fancy bar where she’s with her fancy mates. Now it’s my experience that girls who hang out in fancy bars tend to go out with blokes who hang out in fancy bars and his pleas to her aren’t going to cut much ice: “I know you’ve got a taste for that champagne but come home, the kettle’s on.”


                  Track 5: Sewn
                  I’m guessing the tempting offer of a cup of camomile tea hasn’t worked so we have now reached the pleading stage. “Give me the song and I’ll sing it like I mean it, give me the words and I’ll say them like I mean it” he cries more in hope than in expectation. Complete art student wimpery I’m afraid, never going to work and he’ll regret it in years to come.

                  Track 6: Anyone
                  “Where the hell did you get that smile, I haven’t seen one of them in a while.” Suspecting betrayal he’s turning a bit nasty now and is playing the guilt card: “It wasn’t you and it wasn’t him, it was me who felt like a fool you see.” More regrets in years to come, I think, when he looks back on this episode; pleading and aggression doesn’t often get the right results. Still, live and learn.

                  Track 7: Strange
                  A moment of clarity as the acceptance of reality sinks in, not that he’s giving up just yet. With a return to the angle of the first track he’s back on the persuasion road. Hey, I’m strange; you’re strange – let’s be strange together. Us against the world, baby. It would probably work better if she wasn’t out on the town every night with all her mates.

                  Track 8: Love it When You Call
                  “I love it when you call, I love it when you call. But you never call at all.” And she isn’t going to call because she now thinks you’re a borderline nutter stalker.

                  Track 9: Rose
                  The final hammer blow of reality hits and he enters the long dark night of the soul. We can just see him lying in his grubby student digs, staring at his curling posters wondering where it all went wrong. Melancholic to the point of tears, can he ever be happy again? Pull yourself together hippy!

                  Track 10: Same Old Stuff
                  The light is appearing at the end of the tunnel (or maybe it’s a train coming the other way). Finally accepting that she isn’t going to come back we’re now going through some, quite understandable, self deluding re-rationalisation. Let’s face it, it’s the only way to deal with rejection; blame the other person and persuade yourself that they’re going to suffer more in the long run. This kind of conversation usually works best when conducted internally. (Editorial Note: this is a bloody good track and is probably the best on the album).

                  Track 11: Helicopter
                  It’s all gone a bit fruit loop here as he starts banging on about helicopters. God knows what that’s all about; maybe it’s some drug reference the kids are using these days. Don’t ask me.

                  Track 12: Blue Piccadilly
                  Peace and love win through, we’re over the worst and life can continue. Quite sensibly ignoring his earlier ravings he even goes so far as to proffer an open invitation for her to drop in if she’s ever in the neighbourhood. Magnanimous to the end you see. As an interesting side note Blue Piccadilly obviously refers to the Piccadilly Line in London and if you go 12 stops from the city you end up in Arnos Grove which is where I was born, which rounds everything off quite nicely I think.

                  Bonus Track: There is an added track tacked on about two minutes after Track 12 but as they can’t be bothered to give it its own listing I won’t bother commenting on it. It’s quite good though.



                  Well they say that one man’s pain and abject humiliation is another man’s aural pleasure and that was never truer than with this album. The Feeling have produced a collection of great pop songs that is a pleasure to listen to again and again. Let’s not beat about the bush here, they’re not changing the face of music but every track is a winner. They mix humour with pathos and have a keen eye for lyrics and a catchy hook line. Like most bands these days they mix a variety of styles and influences track by track so we have sugar-rock 70’s tracks alongside sub-Hendrix guitars and even some Arctic Monkeys style vocal inflections.

                  I think it was Trevor and Simon who said ‘Blimey, that’s good’ and that pretty much sums this album up. Have a listen; it’ll pass an hour or so.

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                    06.03.2007 00:04
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                    An uplifting album you should not be ashamed to own

                    I was unsure of The Feeling at first but having heard a couple of catchy singles I was fully prepared to be let down by yet another band flattering to deceive with mediocre material hiding behind the radio hits.

                    How wrong I was!

                    This is a sweet, charming, melodic, uplifting and frankly adorable collection. Try to banish your prejudices and dislike for bands that throw themselves at the teenage girl pop fan. This is exactly what this band seem to be doing but they do it in a way that attracts the more mature music lover yet maintaining that adolescent pop sound.

                    It's a feel good album, as simple as that. There is no science to it. That is precisely what this album is all about and you should not be ashamed to have it in your collection.

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                      25.01.2007 12:51
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                      bring on album number 2!!

                      Well this is my first review,so here goes.When i first heard The Feeling was with their single "Sewn" and i thought to myself "rather a nice little tune".Then two more singles later and with a now clearer understanding that their music un-ashamedly borrows from the likes of 70's and 80's superstars like SuperTramp and REO Speedwagon..i was like this is amazing stuff!Its nothing more than brilliant pop tunes thrown together with a big dollop of happiness to put a great big smile on your face..and there's nothing wrong with that.That's what music's for,making you feel happy and wanting to sing or dance to it...it's emotion and it's got some in abundance!!

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                        A pretty good uplifting album

                        The feeling have made quite a large impact on the music scene in 2006 having a few good hits in the charts. They also left quite an impression on yours truly who is slightly disappointed by the quality of music available today.

                        It’s nice to find an album which makes you feel good about life in general, but Twelve Stops and Home is such an album. It contains 12 tracks 4 of which have had good chart success so that is a good indication as to the standard of the tracks.


                        I WANT YOU NOW

                        This is quite an up tempo number and is quite catchy once you’ve heard it a few times. It is definitely not the strongest track on the album, but it is pleasant and gets the toes tapping.

                        NEVER BE LONELY

                        This track is just great, it is a slowish number to start with but with a very very nifty chorus it soon lifts you up even though the lyrical content is somewhat sad the overall feel is that of joy. I kinda got the impression he had lost a love but wasn’t too bothered about it. This is the first track on the album which was a chart hit.

                        FILL MY LITTLE WORLD

                        Another up tempo number with starts of slowly and builds up. Yet again this is a catchy number which will have you joining in in no time at all. One of the strongest tracks.


                        KETTLE’S ON

                        Probably the weakest track on the entire album and one which although half decent doesn’t match up to the quality of the other tracks. A bit to slow and boring for me.


                        SEWN

                        Second track that was a chart entry, slow and melodic with a bit of atmosphere this is one track I particularly like.

                        ANYONE

                        Another I’m not really keen on, but still half decent

                        STRANGE

                        The title pretty much somes this track up, it kind of stops and starts which I have not yet decided is good or bad, the jury is still out on this one.


                        LOVE IT WHEN YOU CALL

                        Back to the catchy quick and slickness at the beginning of the album. This one is there current chart entry and I think it might well be a big hit. Probably my favourite track and one I could listen too over and over again

                        The remaining tracks on the album Rose, Same old Stuff, Helicopter, and Blue Piccadilly rare all of decent quality but for me the album just lacks that little edge with the exception of the charting titles it would be no more than a mediocre album, but uplifting even for its little faults.

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                          A FAB DEBUT ALBUM... I HAVE A *FEELING* WE'LL BE HEARING MORE OF THEM!!!

                          THE FEELING
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                          TWELVE STOPS AND HOME
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                          Have you heard of this relatively new band - The Feeling? If you haven’t, I’m sure you will. If you have, I’d say there’s more than a fair chance that you like their music.

                          The Feeling practically appeared out of nowhere towards the end of 2005 when their debut single - ‘Fill My Little World’ was given a limited release but was played with great frequency on the radio. Hearing this song for the first time, I thought “Hey! Who are these guys? This is great!”.

                          On February 27, 2006, their first fully released single ‘Sewn’ entered the UK top ten at number 7. Not bad for a first entry into the UK singles chart. ‘Sewn’ was another instantly catchy song. This certainly boded well for this young, five piece band from Sussex.

                          Following their first full release, they officially released ‘Fill My Little World’ on May 22, 2006 where it reached number 10 in the singles chart.

                          The band members are as follows:

                          Dan Gillespie Sells - vocals and guitar
                          Richard Jones - bass & vocals
                          Kevin Jeremiah - guitar and vocals
                          Ciaran Jeremiah - keyboards and vocals
                          Paul Stewart - drums

                          Their debut album ‘Twelve Stops And Home’ was released in the UK on June 5, 2006 and reached number 2 in the album chart.

                          The title of this album is so called because Dan Gillespie Sells grew up in Bounds Green, near the tube station of the same name. The twelve stops referred to in the album title are the twelve stops on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground (Leicester Square to Bounds Green).

                          The style of music performed by The Feeling immediately has an air of familiarity about it. I recall my fiancée’s sister talking about ‘Never Be Lonely’ (released on August 28, 2006 and reaching number 9 in the singles chart) when we heard it on the radio and her mentioning that when she first heard it, she thought it was a cover version (I’ll give my opinions on this song and all others from the album further below).

                          This is not to say that the music The Feeling has produce rips off anything - it’s because they have a list of inspirations that you can detect traces of even before you know who their musical heroes were. Some of their influences include:

                          Queen
                          Supertramp
                          ELO
                          10cc
                          The Beatles

                          There are probably other musical influences that are so subtle that will only become more obvious after repeated listens… and believe me when I say there WILL be repeat listens.

                          Despite the impressive list of influential acts and artists that have obviously rubbed off on the band, they still bring their own unique flavour to their music and although you might say “Oh! This sounds a bit like such and such” and so on, you’ll feel right at home with their material. If you want to define their genre you would have to say that they are definitely a pop act but don’t let that put you off if pop music isn’t your particular brand of Vodka… there’s a huge dash of 70’s soft-rock for good measure. The result of this is an album full of songs that are memorable, sing-a-long-able and uplifting enough to bring you out of a downer if you’re having an Emily-ism (private joke) and are feeling “under the weather”. Damn those boys in The Feeling… I feel glad to be alive!

                          The first true joy about Twelve Stops And Home is having discovered it, listening to it from the start to finish for the first time and realising when it finishes that you want to listen to it all over again! It will only take hearing most of their songs a couple of times before you become acquainted with them, and are humming along with them - even if you don’t know the words yet. Heaven forbid, you might even be swaying to the music or at the very, very least tapping your feet and if not, you might want to check your wrist to check if you still have a pulse!

                          Well… before I do a Chas and Dave special and “Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!” on all bloody evening, (as is the point of the day I’m typing this) morning, afternoon etc (depending on when you lovely folks happen to be reading/browsing this!) I’ll crack on and give you my humble opinion on this damned fine album.

                          The album consists of 12 tracks… (Ah… I see what they’ve done there! 12 tracks. 12 stops (then home) the clever buggers!)

                          1. ‘I Want You Now’

                          Opens the album in a lively fashion. This is quite a fast-paced song with fairly heavy drums and guitar but still manages to show how brilliant the band’s harmonies are. Their voices just fit together perfectly - and strangely manage to suit this faster track.

                          The strangest question of all I can think of regarding this song is this: ‘Why on earth are there little bits of the song that sublimenely bring the theme tune to “Jim’ll Fix It” to mind?’ Is there perhaps an influence the boys have forgotten to mention? Or… Do I just need to take my medicine now?


                          2. ‘Never Be Lonely’

                          This track is one of my favourites. Instantly sing-along-able and just a great song, if you’re in love with someone, there’s a very good chance that you will be able to fully relate to this song (I know I do).

                          I recall listening to the album with my better-half when we had newly discovered it. I had mentioned to her that this song reminded me of something that Paul McCartney would have released. I can’t put my finger on what element(s) make me think that but there is definitely something in this mix that is similar.


                          3. ‘Fill My Little World’

                          This song is just so happy and bouncy! It’s another faster song with harmonies aplenty and is a song that you can sing after hearing it just a couple of times.

                          I have to admit that I sometimes go to a pub quiz where there is a karaoke after the quiz finishes and on a couple of occasions, I have sung this song. I know, I know… You thought I might be a reasonable enough guy but now you know that I have dished out a few good helpings of ear-drum abuse. What the hell? Most of them are drunk anyway! A captive audience!

                          Anyway… It’s a great song (especially when I’m not butchering it!) with very lively guitar and piano with some particularly nice harmonising at the end of the song when someone has obviously stolen all of their musical instruments! The swines!!!


                          4. ‘Kettle’s On’

                          Now… I LOVE this song. It all starts off quite quietly but features some great lyrics that will somehow make you think of a loved one if they’re elsewhere when you listen to it (or is that just me?)…

                          “Can’t you see you’re in the wrong place,
                          won’t you please face it and come home?

                          When I think about your sweet face,
                          I can’t wait for you to come home.

                          I can see you’ve got a real taste for that Champagne
                          but it’s all gone, so come home.

                          The kettle’s on.”

                          Doesn’t it just make you think of getting home to someone special?


                          5. ‘Sewn’ (Album Version)

                          I instantly loved this song. It’s so jaunty and carries you along and makes you just want to sing along with it.

                          You have to wonder what inspired the lyrics.

                          “Give me the song and I’ll sing it like I mean it.
                          Give me the words and I’ll say them like I mean it.

                          ‘cos you‘ve got my heart in a head-lock,
                          You stop the blood and make my head soft
                          And God knows, you‘ve got me sewn.”

                          I’m not totally sure what that means but if it can make you sit and ponder it later when you think about the lyrics, then that’s really pretty rare.

                          Musically, this is another slice of perfection with brilliant harmonies and a seamless combination of guitar and piano.

                          God knows, they’ve got me sewn.


                          6. ‘Anyone’

                          This song starts quite softly but picks up pace once it reaches the chorus. It’s mostly a fairly subdued track - with soft guitar and muted drums between the choruses.

                          The style of this track brings to mind some bands such as Savage Garden and The Rembrandts (who famously sang the theme tune to Friends ‘I’ll Be There For You’). To be honest, it’s not my favourite song on the album but it’s still bloody good! How many albums can you say that about?


                          7. ‘Strange’

                          I love this song. It’s a slower track - kicking off with only a single vocal and piano. Then some fairly subdued guitar and vocal harmonies.

                          This track has often reminded me of The Manic Street Preachers at the chorus. I can’t put my finger on which of their songs it reminds me of but I’m certain it makes me think of something from the Manics’ ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’ album.

                          The lyrics are great in this one too.

                          “Cause people gonna see you
                          How they wanna see you

                          People gonna rate you,
                          People gonna hate you

                          People gonna shove you,
                          People gonna love you

                          People gonna do whatever
                          Makes them feel they own you better.”

                          Great stuff!


                          8. ‘Love It When You Call’

                          This is a cool song and sounds like some soft rock from the 80’s and is the sort of song you could imagine playing in a car on a scorching hot summer day…

                          Not the best track on the album but still very good. Some very 80’s sounding rock guitar that ought to take some people back to the likes of Whitesnake and the like… It even has hints of the guitar playing style of Brian May…


                          9. ‘Rose’

                          One of the best songs on the album. Starting off with some very soulful, moving piano and guitar with a subtle vocal, you might be fooled into thinking it’s going to be a depressing song for the first few seconds.

                          As it turns out, it’s one of the softest and genuinely emotional songs on the album. As it continues building up in soft layer upon soft layer, the song sounds like something that you might expect from the likes of Coldplay in some ways…

                          This song is like an aural version of a soft pillow on which you could rest your head and just drift off.

                          “I love you… especially today.”

                          Simply gorgeous!


                          10. ‘Same Old Stuff’

                          Another slightly Coldplay-esque song at times with some very slight hints of other artists and bands - some Bowie, ELO and so many other subtle styles that shouldn’t combine but work bloody perfectly.


                          11. ‘Helicopter’

                          This is a really cool song but I have to confess something about it before I go on… At the start of the song there are a few odd honking-like sounds before the piano kicks in.

                          Now I know this sounds mental (and it very probably is!) but I’m into very strange humour and always loved Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer in the BBC series ‘The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer’ and the honking sounds at the start of this song remind me of the two farting French blokes that Reeves and Mortimer portrayed (they would walk around lifting their legs and looking like some sort of deranged contortionists whilst being accompanied by all manners of squeaking, quacking and honking sound effects to simulate the art of flatulence. Bless.)

                          Anyway, back to the bloody song! It’s such an odd one. Starting off with some farting Frenchmen, a piano and quiet drums accompanying the vocals. It then goes into quite a bouncy number which sounds very odd with some very peculiar almost nonsensical lyrics.

                          Some electric guitar gets quietly introduced throughout the song until… wait a minute… what’s this?!?

                          A very heavy, ROCKING guitar section that will make you want to fill your bedroom with lots of people and pack them in like sardines before growing very long hair and moshing wildly - giving the poor buggers whiplash from your sweaty tresses!!! ROCK AND ROLL!!!

                          And from this slice of rock we unbelievably segue into…


                          12. ‘Blue Piccadilly’ (Including hidden track ‘Miss You’)

                          This song is a very deep and meaningful track where the band’s influence of The Beatles is felt most. It’s a very quiet song that is so reminiscent of The Fab Four at their most mellow… mixed with some Queen (slight elements of ‘We Are The Champions’ perhaps?).

                          This song is like so many of the others on this album in that there are so many different styles mashed together it simply shouldn’t work - but it does. It shouldn’t be great - but it is.

                          This song ends on a strange note where you hear the band exchanging goodbyes with people as they vacate the studio… but…

                          Someone comes back in and has a little tinkle on the ivories (presumably Ciaran as he’s The Feeling’s keyboard/piano man). This is a lovely little treasure titled ‘Miss You’ tucked away at the end of the album.

                          This song is one of the most emotional on the album and could move some people to tears (me included) if it happened to catch them on a low ebb… but it is beautiful and so sad.

                          “Well, I hope you know that I miss you
                          And I wonder where you’ve been
                          And I wonder who you’ve seen
                          And I hope that he’s a friend

                          Do I miss you? (yeah)
                          Do I miss you? (yeah) Yes I do
                          And I wonder where you’ve been
                          And I hope you’re with a friend”


                          Well that’s ‘Twelve Stops And Home’… or in my case Twelve Songs And Bed!!!

                          Many thanks for reading this. I really hope it might help introduce this great band to people who haven’t yet heard their stuff… and that they’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

                          I bought tickets for my lovely fiancée and myself to go and see the feeling at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Friday, February 23rd, 2007 and must confess I’m really looking forward to it. I’m sure it will prove to be a memorable night for us both!

                          I guess that means you can look forward to a review of the gig up here shortly thereafter… and if you happen to live in Edinburgh or are travelling here to go to the concert then we will see you there! Don’t forget to say “Hello” or if you’re at the other side of the venue, at least wave to us. We’ll be keeping our eyes open!

                          Take care!

                          Derek.

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                          Disc #1 Tracklisting
                          1 I Want You Now
                          2 Never Be Lonely
                          3 Fill My Little World
                          4 Kettle's On
                          5 Sewn
                          6 Anyone
                          7 Strange
                          8 Love It When You Call
                          9 Rosé
                          10 Same Old Stuff
                          11 Helicopter
                          12 Blue Piccadilly/Interlude/Miss You