Brijean – Feelings

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Released: February 26, 2021

One thing that is exciting about good dance music is its ability to manage energy, whether it is a DJ set or an individual artist’s record. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” is a great example. Whether you’re listening to Harold Melvin, Thelma Houston or the Communards, the song kind of simmers and then just soars at “Ahhh, baby!” in the chorus. That moment is like jet propulsion, but what makes it great is that there is a more subdued restlessness before and after. I get that there are a lot of ways that energy can move through a song in a less obvious, bombastic way, but even lower key material should move.

I get that Feelings might temper that movement a bit with its dream pop leanings, but instead of being tempered, the album really never gets in motion. It flatlines too much, even on four-on-the-floor tracks like “Wifi Beach.” To its credit, the conga-heavy beats’ easy grooves fit nicely on the laid back tracks, creating a kind of late night vibe of a party winding down, but it’s hard to wind down from a party that never got into full swing.

In the end, this is both good dream pop and good disco, but not great at either even if it sometimes finds interesting intersections of both.

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

1 thought on “Brijean – Feelings

  1. Chuck

    The music has a lot of joy in it and as a bassist there are some grooves that I could really sink my teeth into, but her voice is oddly flat. In the emotional sense, not in the pitch sense. For me, that’s what prevents the album from ever getting into motion.

    The flatness of her voice over the joy of the music could be the kind of juxtaposition that grows on you over time and turns a ho-hum album into a lifelong friend, but I just don’t see putting that kind of energy into this. However, when the weather warms up, I’ll try to remember to put it on in the car on a sunny day and give it another chance.


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