The Features - Some Kind Of Salvation

This is the band that the Kings of Leon have signed to their very own label. And yes, it does say 'Kings of Leon' four times on the first page of their press release. And yes, they have supported them on tour. And yes, Jared Followhill does think ‘they’re one of the best undiscovered bands in the world’. But forget all that nonsense. This ain’t no Proud Mary. This is The Features.

Rock star vanity projects are always something of a concern. Many a band have basked in the patronage of their musical idols and discovered, more often than not, that it’s actually more of a curse than a blessing. So what about The Features? Is this a case of famous band helping their struggling mates out with an undeserved leg-up or a genuine case of giving a little something back after basking in their own success?

Actually if the Kings weren’t already so massive they might have been inclined to keep quiet about this particular Tennessee quartet. Anyone worried that The Features would sound like a tribute act can rest easily in their beds. This is old-fashioned rock and roll with a modern pop twist - but that’s where the similarity ends. This is an album rammed with more Hooks than a dozen Dustin Hoffmanns in dodgy wigs. But there’s more to it than that. ‘Concrete’ is a little bit electronic. ‘Whatever Gets You By’ is Eastern-European folk rock complete with lyric-less sing-a-long chorus. ‘Foundation’s Cracked’ is a smart Elvis Costello-esque slower number. There are almost too many ideas for one album to cope with.

Pretty much anything on here could be a single. The big boys better watch their backs. 2010 could easily belong to The Features.



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