“You get the distinct impression that they had more fun recording it than anyone would ever have listening to it”
Digital Release: August 28, 2011
Physical Release: N/A
In The Feeling’s world, ‘bad times’ are waking up and finding there’s no milk for breakfast, or finding a hole in your favourite checked shirt. And just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for The Feeling, we’re presented a song that serves simply as more ammunition for their greatest detractors. Their jingle-friendly indie pop secured them a spot on the wave of sudden excitement about independent rock and indie bands back in 2004-2006. But by the time their second album was released, indie rock was already headed out of the back door of the music charts to make way for a half-baked attempt at pop revival, before that all changed around 2008 when synthesisers and drum machines became popular again. So in an attempt to remain of remote interest, third album ‘Together We Were Made’ was produced with more of an electropop vibe, but the fundamental problems with The Feeling still ring loud and clear throughout most of the record and in particular it’s indie-by-numbers second single ‘A Hundred Sinners (Come And Get It)’.
The Feeling don’t come across as a cohesive band as much as they do a group of men in search for a few good hooks, who then chuck them into a song with some uninventive lyrics about love and loss added in the hope it’ll make the song more appealing. ‘A Hundred Sinners (Come And Get It)’ has much debt to Take That’s ‘Up All Night’ only with all the folk-pop sensibilities providing the cheeriness, warmth and nostalgia stripped out and dressed back up again in an ill-fitting frock and made to pretend like it wants to dance till morning light when it’s own alcohol consumption rendered it catatonic by ten. Actually, that’s not a very good comparison – this song is so boring it’s practically teetotal. Alongside a plonking piano line and camp carnival-esque bass ditty, unlike Take That’s masterfully orchestrated guitars and brass, listening to The Feeling’s ridiculous musicianship is almost taking a ‘sight-seeing’ tour through Brighton, at night.
There’s not much on offer for the listeners on ‘A Hundred Sinners (Come A Get It)’. It sounds like a glorious title, and one that should’ve seen the band grow some balls at last but you get the distinct impression that they had more fun recording it than anyone would ever have listening to it – it’s pleasant enough; a jingle-jangle tune here, a sprinkling of catchiness there, and there’s little to actively hate about it, but there’s even less to love, the result being something that’s just annoying. And not even indie-pop’s staples of wheezing “Ahhh”s and Dan Gillespie-Sells trying to regain some masculinity by half-shouting the chorus (with hilarious consequences), can save it.