Into The Rain
Independent / MGM
Here, we see Cat Empire frontman Felix Riebl, step out into unfamiliar territory with the release of his solo debut, Into The Rain.
This unfamiliar territory seems to involve cramming as much influence into 11 songs as possible and passing them off as original. They’re not bad songs, ranging from country-esque balladry to Bad Seeds-ish intensity, but they’re songs you’ve heard before, whether you know it or not. Riebl is a fine songwriter, but here on Into The Rain, his nerves seem to have shown through and he’s obviously not comfortable enough to lay it all out on the table or step from the shadow of the songwriters he obviously holds dear. Disappointing.
Samuel J. Fell
(published in August issue of Rolling Stone)