FeelAbout
Point of You


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
August 25th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A reminder of why grunge-y rock was worth listening to in the first place.

For a debut record, FeelAbout's Point of You has been a long time coming. The Israeli band formed late in 2004 and has been generating grassroots buzz and critical acclaim alike at home and abroad ever since. It isn't hard to see why; FeelAbout takes cues from classic heavy rock and easy going melodic rock and combines them to produce electrifying results. Admittedly, they're fairly orthodox stylistically, and yet, they still manage to diverge from the countless acts that have adopted similar posturing over the past decade and a half. Where modern hard rock is wont to abusing soft/hard song structures, sterile guitar work, and mediocre vocals, FeelAbout is a reminder of why the genre was worth listening to in the first place.

Point of You opens with two of FeelAbout's heaviest songs in "Colors and Shapes" and "Slave". In a way, it's a bit of a misleading manner to kick off the album, musically; dirty guitars, accentuated by Roni Weinstock's vocal snarl dominate both tracks, making for a gritty sound in the vein of a group like Soundgarden. They're powerful songs and certainly demonstrate FeelAbout's penchant for grunge-influenced rock, but at the same time, they hardly encompass the band's sound as a whole. "Silence", for instance, forgoes electric guitars all together, opting for acoustic instrumentation and an entirely more soothing performance from Weinstock. "Small Mind" and "Sing" highlight FeelAbout's pop sensibilities, relying on hooks rather than musicianship (though guitarists Guy Fisher and Eldar Cohen do lay down meaty riffs in the former). And all this converges on standout track "Break Even"; light-hearted alternative rock gives way to driving, aggressive riffing, before transitioning back again.

What's striking about Point of You is just how developed FeelAbout's sound is. True, the album doesn't really break any new ground, but in the absence of revolutionary advances in rock aesthetic, they've at least nailed their craft. Given the band's nearly six year run, they've obviously had time to smooth out the rough edges, and it shows, as Point of You is a very focused, and spirited effort. It makes for a compelling listen, and given the record's promising nature, FeelAbout should continue to shine.



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Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2010


16144 Comments


I read your review but I still can't remember why this grunge shit was ever worth listening to ;) Nice review.

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Mikesn
Emeritus
August 25th 2010


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pfft
haters gonna hate

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2010


16144 Comments


haha, sorry.

Nagrarok
August 25th 2010


8315 Comments


I'm a fan of grunge, and this sounds interesting.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 25th 2010


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea you'd probably like this Nag. They posted a fair bit of the album up on soundcloud for streaming if you want.

http://soundcloud.com/feelabout/sets/point-of-you

Nagrarok
August 25th 2010


8315 Comments


Oops, looks like we can't find that page!

No matter though, I'll probably download it somewhere next week.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2010


7423 Comments


This sounds like something I could like

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 25th 2010


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Take out the coding in the address bar

Nagrarok
August 25th 2010


8315 Comments


Just listened to the opener and definitely still interested. The vocals are certainly unique.

Spare
August 25th 2010


5442 Comments


may or may not like this. if it's kind of like 13 ways to bleed on stage i'd probably like it, if that could be called grunge.

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EnCrypt.
August 25th 2010


882 Comments


album art is sweeet

FellOnBlackDays
August 26th 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great site and great band! bouhgt their album on CD baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/FeelAbouT/from/viglink

donatello
August 26th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome band also find the album on itunes and amazon!
myspace http://www.myspace.com/feelabout
web http://www.feelabout.com

shortz
August 27th 2010


201 Comments


This definitely sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out when I get home.

Great review, concise and straight to the point.

MassiveAttack
August 28th 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the recommends, I like grunge, I like you.

ShadowRemains
August 30th 2010


21522 Comments


this sounds good

pizzamachine
September 3rd 2010


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perfect summary.

MassiveAttack
October 8th 2010


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uhh this is owning so far.



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