- 20 Aug 19
Don't bite the hand that feeds.
Feeder have bounced back from the brink of irrelevance more than once, and this latest rejuvenation has come in the wake of their 2016 top ten hit album, All Bright Electric, and a welcome return to the festival circuit. Always one of the UK’s more promising rock acts, the stadium success of their spiritual US counterparts, Foo Fighters, has eluded them every time they appeared to reach such a commercial platform, despite having songs as good as, and occasionally as bland as, Dave Grohl’s outfit.
New album Talullah offers nothing new to Feeder fans, and I’m sure that will be cause for celebration as the record trades on the same formula of radio-ready pop rock and sincere alternative balladry that is their trusted stock-in-trade. While there isn’t anything as outright catchy as their breakthrough hit ‘Buck Rogers’ here, there are plenty of future festival anthems to savour.
‘Shapes And Sounds’ is classic Feeder: gritty guitars glossed over with smoothed out production work and infused with an emotional core that you can’t help but get caught up in. Elsewhere, ‘Fear Of Flying’ keeps things rolling with a soaring chorus while ‘Guillotine’ marks a change of pace and mood, though retaining Grant Nicolas’ knack for a catchy hook, which remains throughout the Feeder catalogue.
Talullah is a perfectly serviceable Feeder album, one that should provide ample reason for them to hit the road once again to deliver some dependably solid live shows.