Feeling Strangely Fine

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Feeling Strangely Fine
Semisonic - Feeling Strangely Fine.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 24, 1998
RecordedApril–August 1997
StudioSeedy Underbelly Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota
GenreAlternative rock, power pop, post-grunge
Length50:31
LabelMCA
ProducerNick Launay
Semisonic chronology
Great Divide
(1996)
Feeling Strangely Fine
(1998)
All About Chemistry
(2001)
Singles from Feeling Strangely Fine
  1. "Closing Time"
    Released: March 10, 1998
  2. "Singing in My Sleep"
    Released: November 17, 1998
  3. "Secret Smile"
    Released: June 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
NME5/10[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(dud)[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]

Feeling Strangely Fine is the second studio album by American rock band Semisonic. It is the follow up to the band's debut album Great Divide recorded at Seedy Underbelly Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The album contains some of Semisonic's best-known songs, including the major radio hit "Closing Time", as well as the singles "Singing In My Sleep" and "Secret Smile".

The band had over 60 new songs in mind as they went into the recording process and had three specific requirements when they decided they wanted to record a new album. First, they didn't want to record any demotapes beyond simple guitar and vocal basement sketches, meaning the album versions would be the first band recordings of the songs. Second, they wanted no deadline for the finished masters. Third, the trio wanted to create tracks for the album in various hi- and lo-tech settings around Minneapolis, and use their computers to meld the different sounds together. Nick Launay was brought in to produce the album and the band recorded twenty songs over the course of four months. They pared those down to sixteen, mixed them, and used the best twelve for the finished record.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dan Wilson unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Closing Time" 4:33
2."Singing in My Sleep" 4:30
3."Made to Last" 5:02
4."Never You Mind"Wilson, Jacob Slichter4:24
5."Secret Smile" 4:39
6."DND" 4:11
7."Completely Pleased" 3:19
8."This Will Be My Year"Slichter4:32
9."All Worked Out" 2:52
10."California" 5:29
11."She Spreads Her Wings"John Munson3:06
12."Gone to the Movies" 3:52

Personnel[edit]

Semisonic

  • John Munson – bass guitar (all tracks), background vocals (all tracks except 11), lead vocals (track 11), additional guitar (track 2), all guitars (track 11), wah wah guitar (track 12), trembly guitar (track 4), Moog synthesizer (tracks 5, 7, 8), slide guitar solo (track 6), Moog bass (track 10), piano (track 1), loops (track 10)
  • Jacob Slichter – drums (all tracks), background vocals (all tracks), conducting (tracks 1, 5, 6, 12), piano (tracks 8, 9, 11), string arrangement (tracks 1, 5, 12), Rhodes electric piano (track 3), Wurlitzer electric piano (tracks 2), mellotron (track 11), Moog synthesizer (track 8), loops (track 10), flute arrangement (track 5)
  • Dan Wilson – lead vocals (all tracks except 11), background vocals (track 11), guitar (all tracks except 11), piano (tracks 3, 4, 7), string arrangement (tracks 5, 6), Rhodes electric piano (track 5), synth whistle (track 4), drum loops (track 6), flute arrangement (track 5)

Additional personnel

  • Bruce Allard – strings (tracks 1, 5, 6, 12)
  • Mary Bahr – strings (tracks 1, 5, 6, 12)
  • Carolyn Boulay – strings (tracks 1, 5, 6, 12)
  • Troy Gardner – strings (tracks 1, 5, 6, 12)
  • Josh Koestenbaum – strings (tracks 1, 5, 6, 12)
  • Matt Wilson – lead guitar (track 4)

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 350,000[8]
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Childers, David M.. Feeling Strangely Fine at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ Bautz, Mark (1998-04-10). "Feeling Strangely Fine Review". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  3. ^ "Feeling Strangely Fine - NME".
  4. ^ Blake, Mark. "Review: Semisonic – Feeling Strangely Fine". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 146.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Semisonic". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Tarnow, Noah (1998-03-23). "Semisonic: Feeling Strangely Fine : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Semisonic – Feeling Strangely Fine". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  8. ^ a b c "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Semisonic – Feeling Strangely Fine". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-02-16. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Feeling Strangely Fine in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Semisonic – Feeling Strangely Fine". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-16. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  11. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-02
  12. ^ "charts.nz Semisonic - Feeling Strangely Fine" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  13. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Semisonic - Feeling Strangely Fine" (PHP). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  14. ^ "allmusic ((( Feeling Strangely Fine > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  15. ^ "Billboard.BIZ - Year-end Charts - Billboard 200 - 1998". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-02-16.