When Fen’s “Of Losing Interest” started spinning on my iPod, I was a happy camper. I thought I had accidentally put in an old Tool album. Then a minute later some wicked groovy guitar playing kicked in; very metal. Fen’s “Of Losing Interest” is groove laden and hooky and heavy. It’s a great combination of musical elements. “Of Losing Interest” is Fen’s fifth album and it doesn’t disappoint.
The album starts off with a track called ‘Riddled.’ It has a walking bass line that is reminiscent of jazz music but the guitar solos are like metal. There is a very prog laden breakdown that to my surprise develops into a groovy bass interlude. My mission for this album is to see how many times I can say groovy. That’s Fen in a nutshell. GROOVY!!! ‘Riddled’ ends in a very rock way with a wall of guitar sound. It segues into the title track ‘Of Losing Interest.’ Would it be safe to say this song has a … .dare I say it… groove? Jeff Caron should be re-dubbed the groove master for his bass work. I like any band and album where I can clearly hear the bass and Jeff is very much in your face.
Doug Harrison is helming vocal duties and his voice is non-offensive. His vocal stylings fit the music to a T. It’s smooth and silky yet forceful. Doug does double duty on guitars. He’s paired perfectly with Sam Levin on lead guitar and backing vocals. The harmonies are lovely to behold. ‘Of Losing Interest,’ the song, is toe tapping, sway in your seat good. It quickly hooks you and reels you in.
‘Nice For Three Days’ is another groovy, dark song. It is punctuated by some 70s Heavy Metal animated movie type composition, the groove and darkness brings back some 70s psychedelia riffage. Another trippy tome is ‘A Long Time,’ multi-layered in composition and sound. It’s not so much an overly technical composition, but to my ears, it’s the mixing and production that is creating the depth.
‘The Glove’ totally comes out of left field with its part jazz composition; something you’d hear on a Broadway stage and part punk rock. While ‘Drunken Relief’ is a lament in a minor key, all the while it never loses the groove factor. ‘Light Up The End’ slows it down and takes us on a thoughtful journey, reflective in its message and execution at times straying into Rush territory. ‘Light Up the End’ is almost, but not quite totally unlike, a power ballad; minus the heavy cheese factor. Nando Polesel channels some serious John Bonham for ‘Pilot Plant.’ The drumming is strong, almost over powering. I like that! The song is ethereal and spacey. Doug Harrison’s voice is mesmerizing. It’s a languid landscape full of colour and mood painted with sound. If ‘Pilot Plant’ doesn’t move you, you must not have a pulse. The track is just beautifully put together.
Thirty-five minutes later the last track, ‘Snake Path,’ is on and you wonder where the time went. “Of Losing Interest” keeps your interest to the point where you lose time. Doug Harrison, Sam Levin, Jeff Caron, and Nando Polesel have once again created an album that will have the reviewers and bloggers salivating. “Of Losing Interest” is a definite buy. It’s groovy!