Pushing the Senses



by Joeeddstealschickens USER (18 Reviews)
March 4th, 2006 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Since Polythene was released, Feeder have made the transition from hard-rocking bona-fide pop-rock-stars to a band touting songs full of emotional, soulless dirge. This record is awful. Pushing The Senses is a record that should delight, especially coming of the back of a great album like Comfort In Sound, but where Echo Park was too poppy, Pushing The Senses is just too damn boring.

There are two real standouts on the album, 'Feeling A Moment' and 'Pushing The Senses' (both released as singles), but the rest of the album meanders in the background and doesn’t do much, especially at the midway point. ‘Bitter Glass’ and ‘Tender’ work fairly well in separating out the three main singles (though ‘Tender’ was also released as the fourth single as the double-A side of ‘Shatter’), so in album context they work okay, even thought they are quite dull tracks in themselves. However, after ‘Pushing The Senses’, the second half of the album just slides downwards and doesn’t recover. Put bluntly, ‘Frequency’, ‘Morning Life’, ‘Pilgrim Soul’, ‘Pain On Pain’ and ‘Dove Grey Sands’ are so unrelentingly tedious I couldn’t even remember the track names when I came to review this. There’s nothing to pinpoint one from the other, they all sound tired both lyrically and musically and there is nothing that drags the album out of its monotonous dynamics.

It doesn’t help that Nicholas is re-visiting the same ground as Comfort In Sound, at least lyrically, but where the songs here are in the same vein as the softer moments of the previous album, the older material gives a sense of depth that isn’t found here. Basically, the music is dreary and dull, even the song titles are bleak (Dove Grey Sands"), and most of the album actually sounds like outtakes from 'Comfort In Sound'. Oddly, several b-sides to the singles, like ‘Shatter’ and ‘Crowd Of Stars’ would have sounded a lot better on an album, and a song like ‘Shatter’ would have upped the tempo at the right moment and altered the generally one-dimensional dynamics. To be fair to the band, their sound has improved even more from the last album; the band sounds huge and their use of keyboards and swirling samples gives the album an epic quality that was previously explored with songs like ‘Moonshine’ and ‘Forget About Tomorrow’ from Comfort In Sound. Also of note is Mark Richardson’s stick-snappingly powerful drumming. His arrival really added an extra quality to Feeder’s music arsenal. Other than that, the only really positive thing about the album is that the aforementioned ‘Feeling A Moment’ is one of the best songs Grant has ever written, and also the title track is great in all it’s fuzzed up glory – the one upbeat rock song in the midst of the mire.

In closing, this is the worst Feeder album by far and shows that they are heading in the direction of uninspired and sludgy indie-ballads. Get Yesterday Went To Soon and Comfort In Sound before you even think about this.

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March 16th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

As much as I hate to say it, I have to agree with you that this is probably Feeder's weakest album. But I liked it better than Polythene. In fact there's no Feeder record that I'd say was particuarly bad, it's just that some are better than others.

The trick is to make a bit more effort with the second half of the album. Where, standing next to the fabulous Feeling A Moment, those songs don't count for much on the first listen, give them a chance and you'll find them every bit as catchy as anything from Echo Park. Whether or not you have that kind of patience determines how much you'll like the album, by all means get Yesterday Went Too Soon and Echo Park for cheap thrills but I think this album is really for Feeder fans who will give these songs the time they need to grow on you.

April 12th 2006


this album is a disappointment for the following reasons:

only 10 songs
sounds to poppy
no catchy sounds
to soft
the only good songs are feeling a moment and pilgrim soul

the rest of the songs are good...but dont have much replayability

June 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, I never said it didn't rock; just not quite as hard as the other albums.

One thing I will say about Feeder's continual change in musical direction is that at least they didn't become their own tribute band. (Oasis, anyone?)

March 28th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

Feeling A Moment, Pushing The Senses and believe it or not Frequency are my favourites. Pilgrim Soul follows and the rest are good to. Although if I'm honest the last 2 songs are very boring. I usually get to Pilgrim Soul and leave it there...

March 28th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5


August 5th 2012


shit picked this up at random in a boot sale, I kinda feel raped right now....

August 5th 2012


don't. form your own opinion. the music here is beautiful.

January 28th 2016


Album Rating: 4.5

Just wanted to stop by and say how vastly, vastly underrated and misunderstood this record is. Brit pop/rock is often at its best when it delivers simple, beautiful melodies and Feeder did exactly that here.

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