Semisonic's 'Feeling Strangely Fine' is an excellent record, but as with all of their releases preceding 'Chemistry', there's a feeling they could have done more. The 12 songs on display here are, without exception, good. On top of this, the lamenting 'Gone to the Movies', 'Closing Time' - a memorable, chugging paeon to the end of a night out -, and the lyrically superb rocker 'This Will Be My Year', are all absolutely excellent, and rank amongst the band's best songs. Still, amidst the tight, radio-friendly rock of 'Feeling Strangely Fine', there is a bit of a lack of variety, and unlike on other Semisonic albums, it can be a little hard to remember songs individually, such is the slightly repetitive framework of the album (especially in its middle section).
With Dan Wilson's evocative, emotionally powerful vocals at their disposal, spearheading an arrangement containing John Munson's slick, virtuoso guitar work and Jacob Slichter's more than competent drumming, there still remains the feeling that Semisonic could do a little more, on 'Feeling Strangely Fine'. The album is uniformly listenable, and all three band members more than pull their weight, in creating a set of well-crafted, guitar-heavy melodies, but the band never seem to use their undeniable talent to branch out, stylistically. Perhaps I'm being a little too harsh on 'Feeling Strangely Fine'. Even on weaker numbers, such as 'DND', Semisonic pull out enough witty one-liners and catchy riffs, to keep the listener interested; it's just a shame that the record ends up feeling a little samey at times, when the band have proven themselves capable of sounding so fresh, on much of the record, and of possessing a keen ear for a memorable tune.