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Twelve Stops & Home

The FeelingAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CHERRYTREE Records
  • ASIN: B000MM1FAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sewn
2. Never Be Lonely
3. Love It When You Call
4. Fill My Little World
5. Kettle's On
6. I Want You Now
7. Strange
8. Anyone
9. Rose
10. Same Old Stuff
11. Helicopter
12. Blue Piccadilly

Editorial Reviews

With "indie" rapidly becoming a by-word for "whinging", it's refreshing to hear an album like the Feeling's debut. People who come to this album having only heard the catchy-yet-downbeat single "Sewn" might find the jaunty, upbeat tone of the rest of this album a refreshing surprise. Twelve Stops and Home is pure, summery optimism, with most tracks bouncing along at a happy, head-nodding pace, and packed to the brim with simple, singalong lyrics, including the liberal use of "la-la-la" and "na-na-na". Sure it's lightweight, but that's no bad thing--it cuts like a ray of sunshine right through the knee-hugging depression of contemporaries Coldplay and Keane, with whom the Feeling are sometimes, bizarrely, compared. Instead, Twelve Stops and Home is a pop album straight out of the 1970s, played by young men with guitars and a piano. Which explains why "Fill My Little World" and "I Want You Now" are so cheerful, sounding like Squeeze would have if they sang about puppies. On Twelve Stops and Home, the Feeling may not be out to change the world, but they're happy to make it a bit brighter. --Ted Kord

Product Description

The Feeling's debut release has shipped close to 800,000 albums outside the U.S. and is already double platinum in the UK. They were also the most played band on UK radio for 2006! The Feeling may very well have recorded the album of the year. Twelve Stops And Home is an outrageously tuneful, joyful, loving album. Its 12 tracks play, almost without xception, as a greatest hits set of AOR power ballads and FM pop singles.' The Word (UK). 'Soft Rock is the new Punk and the Feeling are its Sex Pistols.' The Times (UK).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels good September 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Feeling are another one of those bands that I was introduced to on the Tonight Show. Although I don't remember what song they performed (it was probably "Sewn"), they sounded good, so I decided to check out their album Twelve Stops and Home.

As I listened to the album, I was wondering if a few of the songs had homoerotic undertones; a notion that was somewhat confirmed upon learning that lead vocalist Dan Gillespie is openly gay -- but seeing how I'm an LGBT rights supporter, that doesn't bother me; also, I forgot exactly what songs gave me that feeling, which makes it even less important. Anyway, aside from "Sewn", there are other great tracks like "Never Be Lonely" and "Helicopter"; and "Same Old Stuff" is far from being just that. But if you want songs that are just plain catchy, try "Anyone" or "I Want You Now" on for size.

The guys also do a good job with ballads, like "Miss You", "Blue Piccadilly" (the song that inspired the album's title) and especially "Rosé". Speaking of slow songs, though, I really couldn't follow "Kettle's On". Technically, it's NOT a slow song; it's, well, it sounds like a faster song that got slower due to a dubbing error. But the greatness of the rest of the album overshadows that, so Twelve Stops and Home is worth stopping into the record store to pick up.

Anthony Rupert
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like something different? March 2, 2007
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"With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy." - Schopenhauer

It's refreshing to see that a band with such an obvious capability for power pop songwriting and instrumental ability also has the audacity to use it, especially when to follow suit in the genre is to "play it down." For some time now, it seems, the preferred aesthetics in indie and alternative music have tended towards understatement, simplicity, and fairly static dynamics. The guitar solo is, of course, taboo. There are exceptions to these rules, but I don't think I have heard one as uninhibited as The Feeling. (Certainly you could count the Darkness, but there's so much sarcasm in them and the public's acceptance of them.)

These twelve songs are intricate, deliberate, and infectious in their chord patterns and melodies and generally upbeat in tone. The choruses are huge and energetic, and the vocals soulful. Instrumentally, the execution is precise and yes - there are guitar solos. Basically, these guys are everything their peers are not, and in something of an ironic twist, they have the potential to make a lot of the indie and alternative out there look just a wee bit uptight in comparison. It's a fun record, and I would recommend it highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop Euphoria August 22, 2007
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This CD is like molten sunshine infused into my veins. Or a head-rush of pure cane sugar from a syringe. It has excellent harmonies, great layered vocals, and is so catchy you need a jackhammer to jar the melodies out of your brain. I don't normally like radio-oriented pop, but this album has excellent musicianship and the songs are incredibly enjoyable without giving your teeth a cavity. The first eight songs are delightful and even a little poignant. Even though I lean toward progressive rock and metal, I will definitely buy "The Feeling's" next CD, if only to get respite from the crunchy metal riffs that have caused permanent damage to my psyche. Listening to "12 Stops and Home" is enough to cure any amount of angst brought on by angry alternative bands, cell phone malfunction, or too much foam in your double caramel mocha latte crappuchino.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's are BACK! April 8, 2007
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Ok, so the 80's aren't *really* back, but the song craft here is very reminiscent of late 80's/early 90's pop rock tunes. Not full of this political angst or pretentious lyrics. Songs about love and heartache full of catchy beats and hooks.

This album originally came out in the UK before it dropped here. Actually, I prefer the UK cover. Much more interesting. I believe the new US cover makes the album a little generic. And this album is anything but generic.

Twelve Stops and Home starts with the soft, pensive tune "Sewn". An interesting word to choose to replace "hooked" or "whipped". It's not the opening showcase I'm used to hearing on new albums, but it definitely showcases one of this group's strongest assests: Dan Gillespie Sells' entrancing, light, airy vocals. A lot of emotion goes into these vocals, and unlike some vocalists who's airy voices tend to betray their lack of conviction, you can tell that Sells feels what he's singing. This single did them quite well in mid-2006 in Europe. I can see why.

The second track, "Never Be Lonely", definitely grooves on that 80's vibe, with a stuttered vocal hook and plinking melodies that seem to beg for easier times. "B-b-b-b-baby, I think I'm going c-c-c-crazy. Why should I be sane without you?" Cute and clever songwriting like this is practically littered across this album, as if they had TOO much creativity and didn't know what to do with it all, so they just threw it everywhere.

"Love It When You Call" is one of my favorite tracks on this album (which is a tough call to make when it is just chocked full of amazing songs) featuring a fast-paced 80's-like power chord and solo-style breakdown. The lyrics are cheesy but appropriate. This song is perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the feeleing
excellent cd from an excellent group and a great edition to my collection. songs are catchy and well worth listening to.
Published 5 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars love this band
This may be their best CD! I actually bought all 3 at once after hearing the band and they are all well worth it.
Published 11 months ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Really strong, upbeat pop
Echoing later 10cc, Supertramp at their peak, and, yes, even the earlier Beatles, The Feeling does a great job of offering catchy, melodic pop that is simply a pleasure to listen... Read more
Published on June 24, 2009 by Robert M. Bittner
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite new bands.
This is a fantastic album. Very well played, insightful lyrics and extremely ear friendly. These guys know how to make a good pop record. I highly recomend this. Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by CSS
4.0 out of 5 stars With 12 Stops, The Feeling Hits Home - Somewhat Effortlessly.....
As an unapologetic Anglophile, I too watched snippets of the Concert for Diana two years ago and was greeted by a warm wave of melodic, bright and joyous music. Read more
Published on May 6, 2009 by James M. Cayon
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Brit pop, anyone?
I saw The Feeling open for Mat Kearney a couple years ago, expecting to be bored and waiting for the main event. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by A. Oberkrieser
5.0 out of 5 stars feel good music
This is a great way to get your British fix for the day!! Love the accents in their songs!
Published on January 25, 2009 by Emily Dingee
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Expected
The Feeling deliver on what was relished as pure pop music from the 1960's and 1970's. Due to corporate control of radio stations and their formats, it would literally take a... Read more
Published on July 25, 2008 by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars love it when they play
A little bit pop, little bit ELO, little bit rock, little bit Queen, mix it all together get The Feeling. Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by B.A. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ for the Feeling
These guys are great! I saw them on Abbey Road on tv and had to buy the cd. Being a wine drinker, I love "Rose'"!
Published on December 21, 2007 by M. Lee
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