"He carried English bayonets in an English way..."
Q Magazine recently did a piece on Join With Us, the upcoming sophomore album by The Feeling, due out on February 18. The first single, I Thought It Was Over, debuted on Jo Whiley and I'm having a mixed reaction. Though I've not heard it in hi-fi, I think I can safely say that it's not a great leap forward. Sounds like an album track from their debut, meaning not bad, but unremarkable. Judge for yourself at The Society For... . Maybe it will grow on me
Piecing together details I've gathered from Q and various other sources, including The Feeling's blog, I can tell you this:
- The album is self-produced. The planned collaboration with Trevor Horn did not materialize. There are still big orchestrals on the record.
- Won't Go Away has a sax solo. Ohdeargod.
- Without You was written in my state, Virginia, the same sad day a crazy kid killed a lot of students and faculty at VA Tech.
- Another ballad is called Connor
- Columbia has a Hammond organ and female vocals
- Regarding I Thought It Was Over, Q says it sounds like Mika, but Dan says The Who mixed with dance. I think it sounds like The Feeling, which means like ELO on a summer break in Brighton.
- The artwork is by Juno, who also did the Zutons' album and the Arctic Monkeys.
- Upcoming b-sides include You've Got Big Eyes and Play Don't Think.
Sophomore CDs are such a crapshoot. For every masterpiece (A Rush Of Blood To The Head), there is a poor one, like the new Hard-FI. This group seems to have a lot of integrity, but I think Hard-FI do too. Dan and the boys do seem to still get along well, so that's a good sign.
Watch this sweet live version of Never Be Lonely.Picture of Dan courtesy of mememe.tv