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5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the wait!, 26 Feb. 2005
Say what you like about Feeder. I have seen many a journalistic angle criticising the band of recording uninspiring songs, suggesting that "Pushing the Senses" is simply jumping on the Keane, Coldplay, Athlete et al bandwagon. I beg to differ. "Pushing the Senses" is clearly evolved from the magnificent Comfort in Sound, with some tracks very reminiscent of Just the Way I'm Feeling, Love Pollution and the likes.
Whilst "Pushing the Senses" is a far cry from their far rockier/poppier days of Polythene and Echo Park it is superb in its own rights. The opening track "Feeling the Moment" is an uplifting start to the album and an excellent, if slightly surprising choice for next single- I predicted "Pushing the Senses" an equally brilliant track and one of the more rockier on the album (the terrific "Bitter Glass", very possibly inspired by Jon Lee's suicide, being the other), with all the wonderful texture that Feeder fans have come to expect from the band. Songs like these prove that, whilst having toned down their act following Jon Lee's tragic death, they are still perfectly capable of rocking. In fact, it is my opinion that tracks such as these are in fact progress from examples like "Polythene Girl", as the clear improvements in Grant's voice make for admirable soft vocals.
"Pushing the Senses" is a fairly short album in comparison to its predecessors, a decision justified by the band in the accompanying DVD, commenting that 40 minutes is an ideal length for an album. I have to agree. The album opens excellently and the first five tracks are instantly catchy with the contrast of "Bitter Glass" and the single "Tumble and Fall", followed by the highlight of the album, "Tender"- a prime example of the type of multi layered stirring song that has become synonymous with Feeder. The second half of the album continues in the same way with a balance of new era Feeder ("Frequency" and "Morning Life") with the more energetic "Pilgrim Soul". Overall the album is consistently stunning and flows excellently, with a balance of melodic tracks with those such as "Bitter Glass". My only criticism would be the absence of the strong "Victoria", a song featured on the DVD, which struck such a cord, I don't feel it would have damaged the flow of the album.
Albums with accompanying DVDs are becoming something of a trend, one I can't exactly say I mind! The making of "Tumble and Fall" is, like the album itself, a good length and a friendly insight to the band but the clear stars of the DVD are the Depot Sessions, filmed so beautifully they more than do justice to the tracks. They provide an alternative and thoroughly enjoyable way of listening to the album and demonstrate the sophistication and maturity Feeder have adopted.
There is no doubt that "Pushing the Senses" is not going to produce an anthem like Buck Rogers, but, and take it from someone who fell in love with Feeder shortly after the release of "Comfort in Sound" and has been waiting for this album ever since, it does not disappoint. Suberb!