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Album Review: 20th Anniversary Reissue of Semisonic’s ‘Feeling Strangely Fine’

Album Review: Semisonic’s Feeling Strangely Fine–“Perfectly Wonderful Songs”

Released October 19, 2018 via UMC–CD, Vinyl

Sometimes I feel as if I have been on a treasure hunt with actual treasure when asked to review certain albums. It’s both exciting and exhilarating when that treasure turns out to be full of real gems, gloriously sparkly and looking as new as their first day.

Semisonics ‘Feeling strangely fine’ is 20 years old and has now been re-released with some added extras, but there are no wrinkles to see, no limp to notice, only perfectly wonderful songs that have carried the previous 20 years in a measured and adult way. Songs that share their love of life with us are always good in my book and this album bares all. Melodies that swagger, guitars that sing and an abundance of beautifully added noises, carry this album along on its own simple journey. A journey that feels timeless, relevant and altogether inspired. If music is art, then this album is the priceless kind and it stands ready for the next 20 years with a wink of its eye and nod of its head, knowingly brilliant, perfectly made.

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Lloyd Wakeling

The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…
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The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…

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