Review by LarryG|
2½ stars out of 4
In 1996, Dan Wilson's band put out a very good subtle, adult rock record
called Great Divide which barely sold outside of Wilson's home, Minneapolis.
So on Feeling Strangely Fine, Semisonic abandoned subtlety for a sometimes
stupid, fun record. You might be sick of the repetitious smash hit,
Closing Time, but its charms are undeniable: that catchy chorus, the
chunky power chords and Wilson's buoyant vocals. Wilson seems to be
having a great time whether paying tribute to a favorite songwriter on
Singing In My Sleep or a favorite Star Trek episode on Never You Mind.
All Worked Out has the fun and grandiosity of classic Queen or ELO.
Semisonic's dumbing down is more detrimental on slower songs like Made
To Last and Completely Pleased but Wilson's songwriting abilities do
shine on the reflective California and Gone To The Movies. Overall, a
well made, likeable record.
Here's what others reviewers have to say:
"...a creative quantum leap, 12 evocative, spectral minor-key guitar
anthems which are clearly on more than nodding terms with R.E.M. but
also reminiscent of Replacements....excellent." 4 Stars (out of 5)
Q 12/99, p.128
"File this quirky second release from the feel-good
Minneapolis trio under `alt-pop,' alongside Ben Folds Five. FEELING's
emphasis is on well-crafted songs: sweetly hummable melodies, carefully
layered instrumental polish, and wise-guy lyrics about love that roam
from Spock to Shakespeare..." Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly 4/10/98, p.67