In a continuation of my unsolicited music recommendations series, todays recommendation is, Feeling Strangely Fine by Semisonic.

Feeling Strangely Fine was released in 1998 and features some stunning song writing and great lyrics.

The album opens with, what to my mind is the most well known track of the album, Closing Time. Closing Time is a modern classic, covered by many and performed in many open mic nights much to the chagrin of many a publican.

The album continues with the track Singing In My Sleep, including a catchy tune and an interesting musical conclusion. Though the highlight of the track is the stunning lyrical content,

Got your tape and it changed my mind,
Heard your voice in between the lines
I've been living in your cassette
It's the modern equivalent
Singing up to a Capulet
On a balcony in your mind

After the high energy start of the album the pace changes with Made to Last. The large guitar sounds are interesting and the solo is well crafted. It seams a shame to spoil the surprise which is the Never You Mind so I will say no more.

Track 5 Secret Smile was a single release from the album and peaked at number 12. It features the same great song writing and interesting lyrical work of the previous tracks combined with beautiful guitar sounds and a fascinating sonic landscape.

The album continues on in great strength with the considered reflection of Dnd with interesting layering beneath the intimate vocals. The change of feel for Completely Pleased is also very welcome with great vocal parts. This Will Be My Year is a harmonically interesting celebration of the optimism of a new year and a fun track.

Of the album All Worked Out is my least favorite track, and while the vocal performance is interesting the chaos of the accompaniment detracts from it and the positioning on the album seams disruptive.

California, She Spreads Her Wings and Gone to the Movies conclude the album though the fear that the best has already been is confirmed.

Feeling Strangely Fine is a great album there are some great tracks within it and a few unexpected moments such as the conclusion of California. However while Closing Time is the most famous of tracks I personal always think fondly of the album due to inclusion of Secret Smile.

If you use Apple Music you can listen to Feeling Strangely Fine by Semisonic.

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