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Album Review

It might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Highly tipped L.A. band with a definite goth bent and a hyper-theatrical lead singer gets signed to a major label and releases a heavily hyped debut album produced by Ian Broudie, known for his work with Echo & the Bunnymen and others. Perhaps RCA's goal was to search for the new Cure or something, but the end result wasn't promising — indeed, it was almost disastrous. On the one hand, the elements that make Johnny Indovina and company's work so gripping are already present, notably his intense and often quite beautiful singing voice and the overall band's ear for atmospheric dramatics. On the other hand, nearly everything is almost too dramatic — the best comparison here might in fact be the Mission, whose similarly best intentions were often torpedoed by the sheer over the top nature of the performances. When Indovina sings with a quieter, hushed delivery, he makes his sometimes unwieldy lyrics flow wonderfully, but when he fires up into a loud as hell if tuneful enough mode, it's really too much to handle or easily listen to with a straight face. Musically, meanwhile, Broudie seems to have encouraged them to be a studio-slick commercial metal band as much as a dark collective, and as a result Feel has dated terribly, often striking melodies and songs ultimately quashed under the burden of some late-'80s record company executive's idea of commercial success. The far more fluid and textured approach of the band's later years isn't here yet — Feel is just too ham-handed to work as it should. There are some definite winners here, no question. The smart start track "Death of an Angel," a frenetic but actually pretty fun take on Neil Young's "Old Man," and the just-gets-away-with-it metadrama at Feel's core, "The Waiting Hour," are three of the best. [Hollows Hill's 2008 edition included six bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Human Drama Feel



One of the greatest albums I've ever heard. Stunning, stirring music with powerful, heart-felt lyrics delivered by the startlingly unique and plaintive voice of Johnny Indovina. Cannot recommend this album enough!!!


Formed: 1986

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the longest-lived American goth-inspired bands, Human Drama is in many ways the vehicle for singer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Indovina, who has overseen the band through a variety of lineup changes and stylistic experiments. Over time he has led Human Drama through a series of inspired releases, his strong, just tender enough singing and ear for darkly passionate and dramatic music always at the core of whatever the band is trying next. Supported by a small but devoted fan base in America...
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