There was a time when not everything had to be draped in either sarcastic irony or self-righteous grand meaning. The power-pop up-rock of Britain’s Feeder fit in the late nineties Brit-rock movement, but then reality and unreality crashed into the collective consciousness, and they became quite unfashionable. But they’re still remarkably enjoyable, like on their latest, Tallulah.
That all comes through clearest & best on the great opener, “Youth”, uplifting alt-rock about not losing all of one’s youth, a fitting topic for the veteran band and its fans. The positivity of Tallulah on that and other tracks such as the more pressing “Fear of Flying” might make hipsters roll their eyes, but also rock their heads. Admittedly, the album does lose creative steam as it goes on, before delivering a nice change of pace in the sad, acoustic close of “Lonely Hollow Days”.
Feeder aren’t going to be some surprise breakthrough or critics favourite, but they haven’t lost what made them so good in the first place.