Semisonic
Feeling Strangely Fine


4.0
excellent

Review

by Serenity USER (12 Reviews)
June 14th, 2005 | 30 replies | 6,478 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Semisonic is a band that will forever be known for their one hit-Closing Time, which is a shame, because the band was far more than a one hit wonder in terms of quality, as Feeling Strangely Fine, their second studio album, shows.

Semisonic, like Third Eye Blind and a host of other bands of the late 90's, is firmly an adult contemporary band, with significantly better than average lyrics and tight hooks. And while the band hasn't released anything in more than four years, Closing Time is likely to remain a favorite of 90's A/C.

The thing that seperates from Semisonic from many other bands of the era, like Third Eye Blind and Hootie and the Blowfish is how much they incorporate the piano. Many of their songs are driven by the keys as opposed to the strings, which helps differentiate themselves.

1) Closing Time is, of course, the hit. You've heard this song. Everyone has. And, it's a great song, which will probably find uses in commercials and movies for years to come. 4/4

2) Singin' In Sleep, though, proves that Semisonic was a legitimate force on the A/C scene. Like Closing Time, it boasts some of the more intelligent lyrics on the scene, and has an even better hook than Closing Time. It's an up tempo gem. 4/4

3) Never You Mind slows the tempo down but doesn't lose a step in terms of quality. Nice harmonies on this one. A/C simply doesn't get much better. 4/4

4) Never You Mind veers into Elton John territory-it sounds like the bombastic one before his music got bogged down in gaudy overproduction. This one also has a nice bridge where it switches gears. 4/4

5) Secret Smile has a feel to it slightly like the Verve, minus the British accent and all. It's not quite up to the level of the previous four, as the hook isn't quite as strong, but this is still a very nice track. 3.5/4

6) DND's feel reminds me more of Hootie and the Blowfish, but lyrically better. 3.5/4

7) Completely Pleased doesn't quite succeed, as singer/songwriter Dan Wilson goes a little too sexual and loses the sweet vibe of the previous tracks. It's a solid track beyond those complaints. 2.5/4

8) This Will Be My Year returns to form, with great lyricism from Wilson and a moderately harder feel with the twirling distorted guitars. The verses are great, but the chorus doesn't quite have the same pull as the earlier tracks. 3/4

9) All Worked Out is another track with a very Elton feel to it. Wilson doesn't quite have the vocal chops of EJ, but has better lyrics and good harmonies. The shifting from soft to heavier doesn't quite go as smoothely as it could have, though. 3/4

10) California is nice, if unremarkable A/C. It doesn't hold you like the early tracks, but is still nice listening. 2.5/4

11) She Spreads Her Wings is probably the most melodically adventurous track on the album. It really doesn't have much drive to it and is forgettable. 2.5/4

12) Gone to the Movies is a ballad type track, with Wilson and an acoustic guitar doing the brunt of the work. It's a very nice song but it wonders some and is somewhat repetitive. 3/4


Semisonic suffers from the same fate of many other bands of the era-they're somewhat singles oriented. There's a collection of early songs that are top notch, but after that the album loses a little steam. If they'd have kept up the focus and quality of the opening few tracks, this would've been near classic.

As it is, with the strength of the early material and the acceptability of most of the later songs, this is well worth buying.



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Super Air Guitarist
August 11th 2005



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i thought this album was really good, it is worth buying.

raggedragamuffin
July 22nd 2008



689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Picked it up for 50 cents at a garage sale on the strength of closing time. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was

Writer
November 21st 2009



136 Comments


"Closing Time" is so nostalgic...

shitakeonice
May 5th 2010



6 Comments


hidden treasure. GREAT album

random
July 8th 2011



2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album's boring to me. Is there something I don't get about this album?

skoopy48
March 1st 2013



1471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^Apparently because you rated it a 4.

Anyways, I love this album, but Great Divide is much better

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2013



19609 Comments


listening to closing time right now ye nostalgia

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Ecnalzen
April 14th 2013



6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only one review for this? Sad day.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2013



19609 Comments


damn second song rules too. i'm not gonna lie i've only heard closing time

InfamousGrouse
April 14th 2013



3296 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

who hasn't heard closing time

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Ecnalzen
April 14th 2013



6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If I remember right, the first 4 songs are pretty great. I like the whole thing though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2013



19609 Comments


Yeah great album but nothing beats closing time

RadicalEd
May 8th 2013



2587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Singing In Sleep is one hell of a great song.

TronaldDump
September 26th 2013



475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you don't have to go home, but you can't


stay




heeerrrrreeeee

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2014



19609 Comments


CLOOSIIIING TIIMEE

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 31st 2014



12796 Comments


secret smile is so cute

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zakalwe
January 31st 2014



7305 Comments


Oh yeah and these

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BigHans
January 31st 2014



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

closing Time best song ever obvs but Singing In My Sleep goes hard too.

WatchItExplode
January 31st 2014



3213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Semisonic's first album Great Divide was an absolute gem. It makes me very sad that this band lost all credibility and truly sold out for a couple cheap radio hits (that really aren't even that good).

This is really one of the most dissapointing albums I've ever purchased, even though it's really their only notable release.

Green Baron
January 31st 2014



19092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get a Grip man

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