REVIEW: The Feeling at O2 Academy, 4/5, by Lisa Twitchin
THE Feeling are my guilty pleasure. They are the band whose new album I will always buy – and whenever they venture near Bristol, I will be there in the front row.
They never fail to disappoint me, and Wednesday's performance at the O2 Academy reaffirmed my love for this pop-rock band.
Since 1995, this five-piece group – led by vocalist Dan Gillespie Sells – have been producing chart-topping hits, such as Rose, Never Be Lonely and Join With Us, picking up BRIT, NME and Ivor Novello awards along the way.
The Feeling are now back wowing audiences with their fourth album, Boy Who Cried Wolf. After parting company with their record label, the band have bounced back to produce this new work under their own steam. And it shows.
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New hits such as Rescue, Anchor and You'll See are songs which are clearly very personal to them.
Gillespie Sells poured his heart into his dramatic performance. In addition to showcasing this new work, he seemed to take great pleasure in seeing his audience relish older hits such as Fill My Little World and Sewn, encouraging fans' participation. He loves to hear them sing his words.
The band played a mixture of old and new hits. And there were great instrumentals, especially by bass guitarist Richard Jones.
Following their return to stage for an encore, The Feeling played a mixture of their favourite songs with hits from Pink Floyd, The Kinks and Blur. These songs were followed by The Feeling's classic track Love It When You Call. Gillespie Sells looked like he was loathed to leave the stage.
It is great to see bands like The Feeling able to still enjoy what they do and gain pleasure from watching their fans taking on their songs with such enthusiasm as on Wednesday.
I will be queuing when The Feeling come to Bristol again.