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I Feel Alright
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
In the esteemed and growing fraternity of melancholy male songwriters--Mark Eitzel, Mark Lanegan, Gerald Collier--Mike Johnson certainly ranks near the top. Johnson has a throaty baritone just one click above the Crash Tes... more »
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In the esteemed and growing fraternity of melancholy male songwriters--Mark Eitzel, Mark Lanegan, Gerald Collier--Mike Johnson certainly ranks near the top. Johnson has a throaty baritone just one click above the Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts, and his third solo project, I Feel Alright, mines such emotive subject matter as failed ambition and romantic desire in his relentless quest for the essential ballad. All of these songs come close. His cover of Leonard Cohen's "Leaving Greensleeves" reaches a particularly exquisite delicacy when Johnson teams with backing vocalist Tiffany Anders. By the time he's rolling his gravelly verses over the melodic "Impatient and Unwilling," he's taken his craft to new heights. Despair has never sounded sound so attractive. --Nick Heil
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thankfully Mike Johnson has never tried to emulate the sound of his day job Dinosaur Jr. With his third solo outing he finally makes clear the humor behind his seemingly despairing music. I Feel Alright seems to be a concept album of songs of heartbreak, yet upon closely listening to the song I Don't Love You (a duet with Tiffany Anders) one hears a sly note of self deprecating humor. Johnson asks why (of a breakup) to which Anders replies "I've got another guy"...to this reviewer high comedy (as well as great songwriting). If you fancy sad sacks such as Cave, Tindersticks, Lanegan or for that matter classic singers like Charlie Rich, you need this album. It's not really all that funny in the end."
A masterpiece of melancholia
Michael Toland | Austin, TX USA | 10/29/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After two fine efforts, (not to mention his ongoing collaborations with kindred soul Mark Lanegan) singer/songwriter Mike Johnson has recorded his masterpiece of melancholia. The title I Feel Alright belies its subject matter, with great original tunes like "I Don't Love You No More," "One Liner" and "Turn Around," not to mention great covers of Leonard Cohen's "Leaving Greensleeves," Kris Kristofferson's "I've Got to Have You" and the Saints' "A Minor Aversion." Kind of cross between Cohen and Charlie Rich, Johnson isn't for everyone, but if you love sad songs, you'll be putting this on the shelf right next to your Mark Eitzel and Nick Drake records."
4 1/2 stars
Michael Toland | 05/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As good as Mark Lanegan's records (on which he plays a huge role) which says it all. Great taste in covers too! The spare reworking of the Saints is wonderful, what a great song. Folked-up w/ pedal steel Message To Pretty is addicting. Turn Around, I Don't Love You, & most of the originals are up to his covers standards as well. Extremely Leonard Cohen-influenced medody-wise"