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File this quirky second release from the feel-good Minneapolis trio under ”alt-pop,” alongside Ben Folds Five. Feeling Strangely Fine’s emphasis is on well-crafted songs: sweetly hummable melodies, carefully layered instrumental polish, and wise-guy lyrics about love that roam from Spock to Shakespeare. If there’s a weakness in the winsome tunes of singer-guitarist Dan Wilson, it’s their lack of unscripted raucousness — not every note need fall neatly in place. B

Originally posted April 10 1998 — 12:00 AM EDT

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