Feeder – Generation Freakshow

Feeder – Generation Freakshow

25 hit singles, 5 million record sales and a double platinum singles collection, British rock institution Feeder return with their 8th studio album called Generation Freakshow.
From the time this album dropped on our doormat, which was three weeks ago, it has been ‘stuck’ on repeat.
Here’s our view:

Opener Oh My has a classic Feeder feel; loud guitar intro that leads into Grant’s story telling lyrics and smashing chorus.
Idaho might be the weakest track lyrically, but is catchy nonetheless and sure to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Some fans were already posting that this track is as infectious as Buck Rogers’ ‘drinking cider from a lemon’…

Hey Johnny is an emotional track. For those who have followed Feeder since the beginning of the century, the sad loss of drummer Jon Lee in 2001 has logically been a major impact on Taka and Grant. Singing ‘Why was he the first to go, Johnny didn’t seem that low, someone should have let us know’, Grant and Taka might have found it the right time to pay tribute to the former Feeder band member.

Quiet takes the listener back to Feeder’s most popular sound of 2002-2005, while Sunrise sounds more like the modern Feeder material. If you wouldn’t know better, title track Generation Freakshow, could have easily been a pre-2000 Feeder track, with loud guitars in the intro, reflecting critically on the current generation.

Where albums often get dull and boring after track 6, 7 or 8, the balance on this album is just right. Tracks Tiny Minds, Fools Can’t Sleep and In All Honesty are all strong tracks with a different sound, making sure the album stays interesting and especially with Fools Can’t Sleep .
Heavier Headstrong is one of my favorite songs of the album, but the best one, and the second single from the album, is the last of the album Children of the Sun.

Verdict: 4/5
As you might expect from a well established band with a strong group of followers, the album appeared reasonably high in the charts but might sound a bit too loud for newcomers to the band’s repertoire.
Generation Freakshow is one of the best, or maybe the best studio album that Feeder have released since their highly acclaimed singles collection in 2006.

‘Generation Freakshow’ has been released on April 23rd and is available via iTunes and Amazon.

Oh My
Hey Johnny
Generation Freakshow
Tiny Minds
In All Honesty
Fools Can’t Sleep
Children of the Sun



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