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4.0 out of 5 stars PEDIGREE PET SOUNDS
The nearest thing to a STRANGLERS 'unplugged' album.

Accoustic Spanish guitar, soft melodic bass, light swirling keyboards, er...programmed drum machine-style drums. Admittedly, from that stripped down assessment, it would be hard for anyone to imagine how good FELINE might actually be. But good it undoubtedly is. Low key, certainly, but there's a delicacy of...
Published on 22 May 2007 by Kelvin J. Dickinson

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3.0 out of 5 stars "So, at midnight, if you can't sleep, I will bend your ear"
With over thirty minutes of extras, this CD provides over an hour's strangulation. Their first album after switching labels, "Feline" witnesses a further move to a more European feel.

First the not-so-good news: "It's A Small World" and "Ships That Pass in The Night", despite interesting moments have contorted arrangements; "Paradise" has a wonderfully...
Published on 11 May 2008 by Nicholas Casley


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PEDIGREE PET SOUNDS, 22 May 2007
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Kelvin J. Dickinson (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Feline (Audio CD)
The nearest thing to a STRANGLERS 'unplugged' album.

Accoustic Spanish guitar, soft melodic bass, light swirling keyboards, er...programmed drum machine-style drums. Admittedly, from that stripped down assessment, it would be hard for anyone to imagine how good FELINE might actually be. But good it undoubtedly is. Low key, certainly, but there's a delicacy of touch that lends it an almost exotic flavour.

Recording of this album coincided, apparently, with a spell of bad luck for THE STRANGLERS, including stolen equipment and an alleged riot leading to a turn in jail for HUGH CORNWELL and the boys. Not the best of times for songwriters and it is, I believe, borne out in the music - there's a definite hint of melancholy running through the whole project. Not detrimental, but it does give FELINE a very distinctive fingerprint.

MIDNIGHT SUMMER DREAM starts the ball rolling and is a strong mid-tempo number with a mostly spoken vocal by Cornwell. And whilst I have no problem with his delivery, I think it would have benefitted from being sung throughout (my wife disagrees strongly on this one, however, so what do I know?). EUROPEAN FEMALE, the other single, is a beautifully realised effort by JEAN-JACQUES BURNEL with perfecly balanced contributions from everyone concerned; both have the lions' share of production values here.

The remaining songs are, by and large, similar in tone and ambition, but be careful; as you get sucked further into the heart of FELINE the introspection becomes slightly unnerving.

No question a great album, but one that continues to ellicit mixed feelings.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last genuinely great Stranglers album?, 10 Feb 2002
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Many fans identify "Feline" as marking the start of the Stranglers' creative decline and to an extent they've got a point; certainly the albums after this are nowhere near as good as the ones before (apart from possibly "Dreamtime") but "Feline" is still relatively strong. Much more laid back than the rest of the group's output, there are some genuinely fine songs on here including "Midnight Summer's Dream", "Let's Tango In Paris" and "European Female". Only the rather awkward "It's A Small World" lets it down slightly.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranglers' finest CD, 24 Jan 2007
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Ziad R. Hakim (Beirut Lebanon) - See all my reviews
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I loved this album since it first came up in the early 80's, it's still sound so good after all these years. I am a huge fan of the those new wave bands that dominated all the charts across the globe in the 80's such as Duran Duran, Human League, Depeche Mode, Alphaville, Simple Minds and the list is so long! And Stranglers were among them. This album somehow is different from their early releases in the 70's, they used more synth in their songs which turned out to be so delightful. "Midnight Summer Dream" and "European Female" have a special place in my heart. In addition, this 2001 re-release adds 6 bonus songs, unfortunately Amazon did not mention in the track listing. Anyway here is the complete list:

1. Midnight Summer Dream
2. It's A Small World
3. Ships That Pass In The Night
4. European Female
5. Let's Tango In Paris
6. Paradise
7. All Roads Lead To Rome
8. Blue Sister
9. Never Say Goodbye

Bonus Tracks

10. Savage Breast
11. Pawsher
12. Permission
13. Midnight Summer Dream/European Female [Live]
14. Vladimir And Olga
15. Aural Sculpture Manifesto
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5.0 out of 5 stars very underated album, 18 Mar 2014
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I have always loved the stranglers from there new wave (punk) period in the 70s but felt they improved musically with the raven upto dreamtime....dave greenfield is one of the most underated keyboard players in history,this album shows him playing lush swaying layered synths beautifully and the extra trks are the best of all the reissues...this album is a melodic album and one of the best they did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no cigar!!, 28 Sep 2010
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A. Dockrell "Medway Man" (Chatham,Kent) - See all my reviews
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I was always worried about this album when it came out as I was not overly impressed with La Folie and wondered what was in store next but this was a pleasant surprise.
Apart from its a small world which is a bit weak and the awful vocals on paradise this is pretty decent stuff.
Obviously not as good as the early material but better than what was to come I think this was their pivotal offering not the best but sure not the worst by a long chalk.
My fav tracks Blue Sister, European Female and Midnight Summer Dream.
A good effort all round but something missing to give it 5 stars just a lack of edge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 23 Sep 2010
This review is from: Feline (Audio CD)
I once had the cassette version. There are a number of extra tracks on this CD including live versions, as always, artful performances. Happy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stranglers, but not as we know it..., 16 Mar 2009
This review is from: Feline (Audio CD)
Ok, it's not exactly Rattus Norvegicus, but it is still a classic. "Midnight Summer Dream" is great song, it represents the fact that even when they're not at their best, The Stranglers remain above average. Many people seem to dislike this period of Stranglers music because it's DIFFERENT. The tunes are upbeat, and the instruments have a definite electrical sound, which is a plus. This completes the Stranglers' collection, and is well worth a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prowling, 9 Oct 2007
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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'Feline' is a curious diversion, on which The Stranglers explore a never-repeated approach. Hugh Cornwell ditches electric guitar in favour of the Spanish acoustic variety, while delivering vocals that are more in the nature of philosophical tales and monologues. Synths operate the percussion and the album is aptly-titled, as the faux-Latin rhythms and reserved performances have the guile and grace of a cat. The lengthy 'Midnight Summer Dream' sets the tone for what follows, the only criticism being that the guitar and synth drum combination is a little over-used. 'Paradise' stands out for featuring Dave Greenfield's lead vocal and a more memorable melody, although 'European Female' is the obvious hit single.
As usual in this series, bonus tracks are in generous supply. 'Savage Breast' is the best item here, though the live medley is pretty good too. 'Feline' is certainly not the best Stranglers album, but it does confirm their astounding ability to keep coming up with new and inspired ideas.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stranglers' best work, 19 Aug 2005
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...and great by any standards too.
They seem to meet New Romanticism or something, and it works really well. Everyone should own it. Massively under-rated, judging by the paucity of reviews for what I regard as an all-time classic album. Well, perhaps a classic of its time!
Incredibly good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "So, at midnight, if you can't sleep, I will bend your ear", 11 May 2008
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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With over thirty minutes of extras, this CD provides over an hour's strangulation. Their first album after switching labels, "Feline" witnesses a further move to a more European feel.

First the not-so-good news: "It's A Small World" and "Ships That Pass in The Night", despite interesting moments have contorted arrangements; "Paradise" has a wonderfully percussive opening, but JJ's falsetto voice grates and his philosophical offering are mere platitudes; "Blue Sister" is nothing special; neither is "Never Say Goodbye"; and the least said about "Let's Tango In Paris", the better - at least it is very short.

But "Midnight Summer Dream" is a fine opener, very French, very Jean Michel Jarre with its echoing synths, and Hugh's softly-spoken lyrics - "So, at midnight, if you can't sleep, I will bend your ear" - are mesmerising; "European Female" has a throbbing bass concurrent with a classical guitar, the lady of the title's special mystery evoked by whirring keyboards and JJ's sultry vocals; and "All Roads Lead To Rome" has an Ultravox-style beat, the well-observed lyrics well-delivered in a deadpan style.

But three very good tracks out of nine, does not a very good album make.

But as for the extras, The Stranglers have always been generous in their provision. Two of the six extra tracks stand out as worthy of good mention. There is a fine live version of "Midnight Summer Dream" leading straight into "European Female", and there is the five-minute quasi-instrumental "Pawsher" (Porsche?).
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