The Feeling crashed onto the scene with quite the buzz in 2006 when they released their platinum-selling debut album Twelve Stops and Home. Hitting number 2 on the UK album charts, the album spawned hits such as Fill My Little World and Sewn establishing the band as one of the most promising British acts of that year. 2008 album Join With Us topped the charts but failed to match the sales success of its predecessor. In 2011 the band returns with Together We Were Made which despite garnering critical acclaim peaked at a disappointing 22 in the charts. The album was quickly followed up with greatest hits release Singles (2006-2011). Now nearly two years later The Feeling return with new album Boy Cried Wolf.
Boy Cried Wolf opens with Blue Murder, which contains the lyric the album was named after, and settles you into familiar territory. The song reinforces that The Feeling still know their way through a catchy indie-pop song with singer Dan Gillespie Sells’ vocal sounding as fantastic as ever. By second track Anchor the music shifts a gear and sees the band influenced by Queen and sounding surprisingly growly. In parts the track also sounds a little bit Pulp like too.
Whilst we do prefer the uptempo tracks from The Feeling we have to say that nothing beats Dan’s voice being accompanied by a simple piano arrangement. There are a few songs on the album like that including the emotive A Lost Home and the beautiful Hides in Your Heart which is a classy affair that is easily one of the best tracks here.
What Boy Cried Wolf is missing is a really killer pop song. The closest the band gets on the record is The Gloves Are Off but the chorus isn’t as strong or memorable as some of their best-loved hits. We desperately wanted to hear some cracking pop tunes but there just aren’t many to write home about here sadly.
As a body of work Boy Cried Wolf is a cohesive effort but it’s dare we say a little depressing. There’s not a great deal of variety in the tempo which means that the songs begin to merge into one after a while. Some critics have raved about the album but we’re a little disappointed. We’ll always have a place for The Feeling in our hearts but Boy Cried Wolf isn’t their finest moment in our eyes. We want a bit more jingle and jangle from The Feeling on their next record please.