The Feeling - Twelve Stops And Home

Can you cope with listening to an album your Mum and Dad like? You'll come to hate yourself for it, but until airplay smites them, the answer is probably yes. Bugger.

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Released 6 Jun 2006 | Island | By Stephen Ackroyd | Rating: 3-5
The Feeling - Twelve Stops And Home

Broadsheet journalists love The Feeling. Fact. It's easy to see why; seemingly inoffensive, a bit like the MOR records of the Seventies and Eighties with all the edges smoothed off, it's all very easy. Crap, then? Well, maybe not.

If there's one thing The Feeling are good at, it's writing a pop hook. For all the comparisons to fellow 'nice' bands Keane, Athlete and Snow Patrol that will follow, not many of them can take a track that, in another world could have been a Supergrass style minor hit, slow it down, bliss it out and make it massive. 'Fill My Little World' does just that, and, if we're being honest, is probably only stopped being a Clickmusic favourite by the snake in the video. We don't like snakes.

Elsewhere 'Sewn' and it's 'we're so bloody sincere' refrain "Give me the song and I'll sing it like I mean it" will doubtlessly piss everyone right off in a few months time, but right now seems like some kind of guilty pleasure; you know you're going to be ashamed, and you're certainly not going to tell anyone, but actually, it's not that bad.

It's not all that great; 'Love Is When you Call', 'Strange' and 'Anyone' all sound a bit like filler, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing. Can you cope with listening to an album your Mum and Dad like? You'll come to hate yourself for it, but until airplay smites them, the answer is probably yes. Bugger.