Eight years on from their last release – self-titled album, The Feeling are back with new album, Loss. Hope. Love. Since finding success and fame with 2006 debut album Twelve Stops And Home this release feels like a truly nostalgic throwback. This highly polished album comes as a breath of fresh air. For those coming back to The Feeling for the first time in a while may get caught off guard with such a different sound. Theres a definite theatrical feel to the 15 track album; something that comes as no surprise given the success of Musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – the musical co-written by frontman Dan Gillespie Sells alongside Tom MacRae and Jonathan Buterell.
The self produced album is slick from start to finish there is a nod to iconic tracks such as Never Be Lonely, Love It When You Call, and Fill My Little World; all while injecting a new and fresh sound re sparks your interest in the band.
On The Edge feels arguably like one of the strongest tracks on the album. Theres a perfect balance of new sound and direction The Feeling are heading in, as well as the hugely bright pop sound many will know them for. It feels like a true anthem and one of the tracks that gets you excited again.
The theatrical and musical influence comes through incredibly strong on Lost. With strong vocals and the combination of piano and string instruments there is a truly moving and epic feeling to it. Love People Is another track that will have you nostalgic for Twelve Stops And Home. Once again this track does have a hint of theatrical influence, but does feel more like older pop feel.
Included on the album, are two tracks from Everybody’s Talking about Jamie which fit perfectly with the vibe of the album. With an Appearance from Sophie Elis-Bextor, these few tracks do feel like a good way to break up an album that can feel a little repetitive at times and give you a refreshing close.
Although this album certainly does hold the potential to make you fall back in love with the band, it does fall into the trap of sounding repetitive the more you dig into it. With some tracks blurring into one. Loss. Hope. Love. certainly did reignite my love of The Feeling and influenced revisiting their previous releases, something I was very familiar with years back, but its not an album I would be frequently listening to or rushing back to. Looking the album as a separate to previous work, it does give an impressive feel, but on the whole it’s not an album you’d find yourself coming back to over and over.
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