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They honed their craft do­ing cov­ers at ski lodges and got ev­ery­one rat­tling their jew­ellery at the Diana com­mem­o­ra­tion shindig thanks to songs that re­minded you of Queen, Su­per­tramp and Fleet­wood Mac. But can The Feel­ing con­tinue min­ing that seam of slick 1970s/1980s rock on their sec­ond album and keep it sound­ing fresh? The con­fi­dent flag­ship sin­gle, I Thought It Was Over, sug­gests that noth­ing’s gonna break their stride, and fans will find no short­age of hooks, mem­o­rable melodies and stun­ningly clever mu­si­cal tricks in such songs as With­out You, Spare Me, Turn it Up and I Did It for Ev­ery­one. The Feel­ing even­tu­ally get a bit too clever for their own good – Won’t Go Away is a cheesy twist on Bowie’s Mod­ern Love, com­plete with sax solo, while Lone­li­ness leans to­wards the triv­ial. Great­est Show on Earth, the “prog” finale, is ac­tu­ally two songs tacked to­gether, the sec­ond one get­ting as near as be­damned to the band’s own Stone­henge. www.the­feel­ Down­load tracks: Join With Us, Turn It Up

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