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ronpr Hard to pick a favourite because the album is consistently strong. On one hand, it's all something like what I'd hoped for from Wilson Phillips, back in the day. On the other hand, it stands entirely on its own as some of the most engaging vocal and harmony driven pop I've heard in ages. I buy lots of singles--and, here, I bought the album because I can listen to it end to end. No filler, and nothing I don't want to hear. Favorite track: Be Like Mike.
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1.
Feelings 03:27
For a moment, we reveal it Boy you know I can't pretend Can't escape it, I get this feeling You’re more than just a friend Could you leave her Would you leave her Our love would never end In a moment, final moment did you ever wonder when Feels like I'm dreaming Undercovers ex lovers Just want my feelings Please don’t object recover We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye But it's just my feeling just my feeling Don't believe it Did we just quit Just another broken heart Still we linger couldn't shake it That the time could make a start So we move on to another But you'll be mine till the end Won't forget it no regret it One day we'll be back again Feels like I'm dreaming Undercovers ex lovers Just want my feelings Please don’t object recover We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye But it's just my feeling just my feeling Feels like I'm dreaming Undercovers ex lovers Just want my feelings Please don’t object recover We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye But it's just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling Feels like I'm dreaming Undercovers ex lovers Just want my feelings Please don’t object recover We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye But it's just my feeling just my feeling Feels like I'm dreaming Undercovers ex lovers Just want my feelings Please don’t object recover We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye But it's just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling Just my feeling just my feeling
2.
Forced to walk away Powers that be, never want to stay Attrition of the heart They lose control, soon they will break apart Drive all night, can't do it all alone Rise above, right through the danger zone In too deep, maybe we've gone insane Mainline tears, we'll never feel the pain Stranger danger Just call my name, I'll do the same It’s just stranger danger Don't be afraid don't be afraid We've got time on our side Waiting for a call, emotions soon collide Stumbling through the night Nothing to fear, but still we prove them right Strong enough, they'll never see us sweat Bought and sold, but we'll never pay the debt Carry on, right till break of day Battlefield scars, they'll know we've got it made Stranger danger Just call my name, I'll do the same It’s just stranger danger Don't be afraid don't be afraid We've got one chance left Caught in the final act Far too young, we're never going back One chance left Caught in the final act Far too young, we're never going back Stranger danger Just call my name, I'll do the same It’s just stranger danger Don't be afraid don't be afraid We got stranger danger Six in the morning and you don't know nothing new Stranger danger One chance left, but this time I know we're through Stranger danger One chance left, but this time I know we're through Stranger danger One chance left, but this time I know we're through
3.
Crush 03:19
They all thought that I had gone crazy Lost my mind having one of those days Now I can't help the feeling my hearts been revealing Ever since it began Feels like a crush so take me on See I don't know what to do Won’t give it up, don't let you on Can't believe I found you Blonde ambition riding high and hanging tough Play it cool is just part of the deal Waiting on the minutes I can't believe I'm in it I'm fallin' deeper each day I'm fallin' deeper each day Feels like a crush so take me on See I don't know what to do Won't give it up, don't let you on Can't believe I found you I got it bad, wild hearts they know no abandon Days, happens so damn fast never be the same Take it all the way tonight Now you got me coming through Feels like a crush so take me on See I don't know what to do Won't give it up, don't let you on Can't believe I found you Feels like a crush Feels like a crush Feels like a crush Can't believe can't believe Feels like a crush so take me on See I don't know what to do Won't give it up, don't let you on Can't believe I found you Feels like a crush so take me on See I don't know what to do Won't give it up, don't let you on Can't believe I found you I can't believe I found you (feels like a crush) I can't believe I found you (feels like a crush) I can't believe I found you (feels like a crush) I can't believe I found you
4.
Be Like Mike 03:20
I want you closer No I won't be afraid Love everlasting I won't go astray I won't pretend I'm good at the game Can't live without I'm going insane I give it up now Could you feel the same No I'm on your side I'll never break Save your good advice for another day Please don't give up now, we’re face to face Feeling stronger, I want your love Trying hard to recreate love how we remember Tired lines we refine, no we never surrender See we're friends in the evening But these looks are deceiving I can't read your mind so give me just one sign Just let fighters fight We'll love until we die Feel our faith potential Our bodies move together Got me here all night Don't stop hold me tight Listen to my heart We could be like this forever Why don't we just run Can't deal with the shame You call your girlfriend And I'll tell her the same Now I'm hanging on the edge of a lie And I'm waiting on your last good goodbye Remember love was, always stronger than pride Trying hard to recreate love how we remember Tired lines we refine, no we never surrender See we're friends in the evening But these looks are deceiving I can't read your mind so give me just one sign Just let fighters fight We'll love until we die Feel our faith potential Our bodies move together Got me here all night Don't stop hold me tight Listen to my heart We could be like this forever Just let me know if you want it Be like mike, it's all I wanted Just let me know if you want it Be like mike, it's all I wanted Got me here all night Don't stop hold me tight Listen to my heart We could be like this forever Always be like Always be like Always be like We could be like this forever
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Contrast confession of black and white Traded for a better view Promises I couldn't keep That take me back, and suddenly I'm out of tune Tonight I'm waiting by the telephone for someone to prove I’m not alone Hang ups tend to get me down, well tell me know, did you ever really want to know I know it's all in my head he use to say Neon lights will fade away Still feel the heat of the night just like a freight train Inside I go insane Too many years of never going far Nowhere now got no one left to call In too deep it's reeling in my veins Under the gun, it always seems the same Cruel intentions try and understand, now I'm thinking bout the southern states Got off here in Baltimore, I made a final stand, on route one you were getting laid Can you help me to get back again, can’t believe how long I’ve had to go Is it too much for a little win, so let me in Take a shot before I have to go I know it's all in my head he use to say Neon lights will fade away Still feel the heat of the night just like a freight train Inside I go insane Too many years of never going far Nowhere now got no one left to call In too deep it's reeling in my veins Under the gun, it always seems the same I know it's all in my head he use to say Neon lights will fade away Still feel the heat of the night just like a freight train Inside I go insane Too many years of never going far Nowhere now got no one left to call In too deep it's reeling in my veins Under the gun, it always seems the same Too many years of never going far Nowhere now got no one left to call In too deep it's reeling in my veins Under the gun, it always seems the same I'm under the gun I'm under the gun I'm under the gun I'm under the gun No one left to blame
6.
Barcelona 03:22
Love is love love is love love is love These days you struggle to believe in Know love can be deceiving But you want it to be true From the darkness of this dreaming This nighttime’s been revealing But you don't know what to do Let it go with soul and body You never cared about the takers The movers or the shakers Heating up along the coastline And everyone's been here before But they still try to ignore Give it up For Barcelona Barcelona Giving up the game but you just can't stay away Barcelona Barcelona And give in to the stars, we'll take it way to far Cast a glance into the air Can you see it way up there No matter what I do Alright you try to play along But the feeling carries on Don't try to be too long For Barcelona Barcelona Giving up the game but you just can't stay away Barcelona Barcelona And give in to the stars, we'll take it way to far No I can't go on without it See I've pledge my loyal allegiance But I know that you don't need it Let it go or let it happen For tonight it's who we are Let's give in to the stars Barcelona Barcelona Get down turn around, you and I will never need to Go back go back Get down turn around, you and I will never need to Go back go back Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona
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Slide 03:26
Quiet nights Cityscapes as we move through passing lights Above the streets We ascend as we rise above the heat Time to show We feel the rhythm, and we fight to take it slow Head strong We were lost, now their singing the same song Wild hearts beat loud It's the sweetest thing Won't let them bring us down Take it on the run Give it to me, I could give it to you We've got one chance left Tomorrow we'll be through Tomorrow we'll be through Moving on In the dark, we could hide like shadows Fall apart We were strong, now I'm weak without you Counting tears Each one, a tiny capsule Expose the fear That one day I would fly without you Wild hearts beat loud It's the sweetest thing Won't let them bring us down Take it on the run Give it to me, I could give it to you We've got one chance left Tomorrow we'll be through Tomorrow we'll be through Cause time, is not on our side While they say we’re far too young to let it slide Saying we’re far too young to let it slide Say we’re far too young to let it Wild hearts beat loud It's the sweetest thing Won't let them bring us down Take it on the run Give it to me, I could give it to you We've got one chance left Tomorrow we'll be through Give it to me, I could give it to you We've got one chance left Tomorrow we'll be through Give it to me, I could give it to you We've got one chance left Tomorrow we'll be through We've got one chance left Tomorrow we'll be through
8.
Young 02:58
I know now just how to fake it Wear a smile on your face It don't matter what you’re thinking Cuz it's all a wicked game So just leave it leave it leave it leave it leave it leave it Cuz I'm pretty damn sure you’re gonna need it So just take it take it take it take it take it take it Cuz you can't get back, like when we were young I don't miss you anymore like when we were young I get turnt up so I don't feel it Get your drunk up so you don't steal it Get your back back back your Friday night Don't come back back back I'll be alright No you won't won't wanna pick me up Don't forget that I know just who you are Laying back back back up in the club And you ain't gonna win like like when we were young I don't miss you anymore like when we were young Don't go taking all my time cuz I don't need your world tonight Don't go taking all my time cuz I don't need your world tonight Do it right right Do it right right When we were young When we were young I don't miss you anymore like when we were young I don't miss you anymore like when we were young I don't miss you anymore like when we were young I don't miss you anymore like when we were young Don't go taking all my time Don't go taking all my time Don't go taking all my time
9.
Last Dance 03:49
Step up for the thrill It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill Give up fight the will Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill This is the end of the line Might be harder to stand if it weren't by design Pleading for a reason why There's no words I won't say to save this goodbye Shape up, I was too scared to show it No more cards left to play now I'm sure that you know it Break up, just a feeling inside Can’t ignore anymore, better run for your life Looking for the exit say no no no Focus now, it'll be over soon Step up for the thrill It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill Give up fight the will Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill Strange days that have found us Through the years I regret that they never could drown us Another flash in disguise Another kiss in the mist on the base for the night Enclosed is my heart on a chain And the truth I don't care if we all went insane Knowing that there's no place to hide But the guilt carries weight in the middle of night Deliver me from your ovations Cuz I'm fixing all the ways that I can take em Step up for the thrill It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill Give up fight the will Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill Deliver me from your ovations Cuz I'm fixing all the ways that I can take em Step up for the thrill It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill Give up fight the will Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now) Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now) Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now) Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now)
10.
Better Off 02:56
Lost in your darkness In rays of light You gave me your heart I gave you a fight My arms surround you I was a million miles away Led with the teardrops I can't feel your pain, I can't feel your pain Take all the love that you gave back from me You don't belong here anymore Move on don't look back or call for me You’re better off going alone You say this isn't real love You’re changing all the time We keep hurting each other The scars don't ever lie If it don't mean a thing Why'd you try and cut me down Broke all the windows Let the rain fall down the rain fall down Take all the love that you gave back from me You don't belong here anymore Move on don't look back or call for me You’re better off going alone Take all the love that you gave back from me You don't belong here anymore Move on don't look back or call for me You’re better off going alone Better off you know about Better off I thought about it Better off you know about Better off Let me go, you’re better off alone Let me go you’re better off alone Let me go, not everything is meant to be Take all the love that you gave back from me You don't belong here anymore Move on don't look back or call for me You’re better off going alone Take all the love that you gave back from me You don't belong here anymore Move on don't look back or call for me You’re better off going alone

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It’s always exciting, and equally difficult, to introduce a new group to the general public. How do you figure out in words what their music is and express it to receptive ears in a way that doesn’t demystify it or seeming grandiloquent? But we enjoy exploring new, different worlds, like the one RUSH WEEK offers. The duo from Philadelphia was formed in 2016 by Rachel K. Haines and the producer James Benjamin Thomas, who update the NU Disco, Soul and R&B sounds from the end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties. Their first album, “Feels”, sounds like the elegance and melancholy of ROXY MUSIC and TALK TALK, modernized with ST. VICENT, Étienne de Crécy and JUSTICE, with an irresistible pop filter that brings it closer to TENNIS’ more recent songs, and that also feeds the dance floor.

To start things off, “Feelings” breathes life into the New Jack Swing, and gives it a sense of mystery and of emotional strength, like a version of THE XX full of light. It’s just enough to express an abstract, intangible, but powerful feeling. “Stranger Danger” talks about the mysteries of the night, of fear and danger, but with sweetness and an addictive chorus, and a melody that brings us back to Cindy Lauper at her most enchanting. On “Crush”, we can see RUSH WEEK’s disco vocation more clearly, on a song that would play non-stop on the MASTERS AT WORK’s stereo, and that Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Sarah Cracknell would be thrilled to sing, just to get an idea of the range we’re dealing with. Songs like “Be Like Mine”, on the other hand, are where we can most clearly see the reality of what they’re offering: a song that can evoke a contained Ellie Goulding, the elegance of WARPAINT, a chorus that Philip Oakey would adore… And pointing out the influence of the best-selling producer Greg Kurstin makes everything perfectly clear. Or it does just the opposite. This definition is slippery, unpredictable, but always exciting. “Under The Gun”, one of the group’s oldest songs, develops the silkiness of Tracey Thorn and EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL toward poppier, more luminous territory, to narrate a journey along California’s coast.

The B-side opens with “Barcelona”, an imaginary party celebrating the ’92 Olympic Games that DAFT PUNK could have DJ’d at; a summer night that we don’t ever want to end where everyone loves everyone else and we’re having fun and dancing, dazed by the first light of dawn. “Slide” follows, slowing things down a notch; it is a song for the night and for freedom, and could have fit perfectly into the “Drive” soundtrack. “Young” takes a new turn, with beats, with a more syncopated, faster-paced base that takes them closer to the territory of Lana del Rey or Lorde. But they always have their priorities in the pop perspective and the melody, planning out emotional vengeance after one of those toxic relationships that consumes everything, the same way that the chorus of this song sets you free. “Last Dance” is an offering for the dance floor: vital, luminous, catchy, and where Nero Catalano’s participation with the bass turns out to be crucial. Curiously, the closing track, “Better Off”, comes out of the darkness, with that storm in the background recorded in New York on a rainy Sunday in November, giving the smoothness of Sade with the downtempo ambiance of LAMB.

As we said, it is tremendously difficult to describe RUSH WEEK’s music, considering that in the different songs the references jump from one decade to the next, dancing between styles and bringing us closer to the future of pop. The title of the album itself is the best definition of their music, but it there is definitely a word that can express what we can find on “Feels” and that word is “emotions”. On the surface and running high. If there are any gaps, fill them in yourselves.

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released April 6, 2018

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