Some bands just know how to leave you wanting more. Itâ€™s been five very long years since Nashville-based psychedelic indie rockers The Features released their major label debut, the grossly underrated â€œExhibit Aâ€. The band is finally back with the second act, and it was well worth the wait. â€œSome Kind of Salvationâ€ is brimming with the same combination of sunny harmonies, 60â€™s psychedelic organ and Motown horns that made such a strong impression the first time around.
At times experimental, but still extremely accessible, â€œSome Kind of Salvationâ€ is the album that the Flaming Lips should have recorded after â€œYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.â€ There is hardly a weak track on the record, from the ELO-inspired â€œGMFâ€ to the more moodier â€œThe Gates of Hell.â€ The record is an iPod killer, the type of album you listen to all the way through, again and again, rather than picking and choosing singles on shuffle. If there is any justice, â€œSome Kind of Salvationâ€ will soon be getting The Features the adoration bands like Kings of Leon are currently soaking up.
Rating: 8.9 out of 10
The Features â€“ Some Kind of Salvation/CD/14 Tracks/self-released/www.thefeatures.com