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@ About @
This CD compiles Feeders music from back in 2002 and in my opinion, I think they should have waited and included their massive single "Buck Rogers" which was the gran turismo concept theme tune. And what a tune to miss off the CD. Still this does have some good quality feeder tracks.
@ The Album @
Their first song "Just the way I'm feeling" was a very popular song at the time and whilst the build up to the chorus is about a minute when that chorus starts the guitars fire up and the drum is just incredible with the lead singer belting it out but not screaming or shouting, which is what I hear on most heavy rock songs and it just ruins it. This though is perfect. A heavy rock chorus and perfect on key singing.
There are a couple song which I don't think feeder put as much effort into as their other songs. Come back around gets occasional heavy rock intervals for four to 8 bars and then the chorus kicks in. But the chorus lacks good quality vocals which are too quiet and the lyrics are no where near as good as just the way I'm feeling. On the other hand, Helium starts with an almost metal sounding intro and then continues the same guitar loop right up to the chorus and the ringing sound on the guitar makes it very unique. Perfect.
Comfort in sound is the name of the album and is actually track five. But I don't think it should have been the album name. They opened with just the way I'm feeling and this is nothing to compare it to, the build up to the chorus has poor quality vocals even if the lyrics are great but the chorus itself does have a heavy rock feel and the drums in the background are spot on and fit very well.
Summers gone and Godzilla disappointed me because feeder are not a metal or indie band, and summers gone sounds too indie with indie like vocals and short riffs during the chorus. Godzilla starts with a very heavy guitar riff and then sounds like metal - over the top riffs and the drum beat is very fast. The symbol crashes are a lot louder on this track than they are on their other tracks and I don't like metal - It's completely different to their other tracks and it's not like feeder to make something this heavy and fast.
One track that I would compare to just the way I'm feeling is find the colour which has excellent on key vocals in the build up and then very long riffs in the chorus. It also includes a drum beat which is isn't too slow but equally does not have lots of symbol crashes. The bass guitar in this song is probably the most notable out of the whole album - during the chorus there is a lot of heavy bass when there are no vocals and when the vocals do come back towards the end of the chorus there is a gap where the electric guitar plays out and the music comes flooding back. A very interesting effect that leaves you on a cliffhanger of what to expect next. A quiet vocal part or a heavy drum beat?
@ Overall @
This is a great album but Godzilla ruins it, and there are a few songs that are not on here that I would have included. If the album came out a little later on they could have included Buck Rogers which I particularly enjoyed. With buck Rogers I would have forgiven Godzilla and gone for a full five stars but as it is, I'll stick with four.
Feeders comfort in sound is another album to add to their vast array of all ready available albums. With a white cover the album incorporates strange elongated figures for the art work.
Just the way im feeling. This song being the first on the album brings a super chorus, which easy to sing a long too. Great lyrics and not too heavy or in your face. If you listen to the words they are quite strong and meaningful.
The band utilise percussion as well as string instruments extremely well in this song. Violins can be heard as with the normal guitar, bass and drums. Grants vocals are also top notch, something we have begun to get used to.
Come back around - Starts off with a good drum beat, followed by grants vocals bring you into the song. Sudden bursts of life and energy and thrown at you with guitars and some heavier riffs. A catchy song, great for driving to. Head bang to parts of the song or play your air guitar. The song does end very quickly.
Helium - A rough distorted guitar bring this song to your attention followed by a distorted grant. A very muffled gritty sounding song. Personally I don't like this song. It seems to be trying to jump off an older album. But in my mind does not work on a matured feeder album.
Child in you- A quiet and calm intro make you think if you are in fact listening to feeder. Whispering almost Grant sings the lyrics with emotion. The chorus stays in line with the calm and soothing sound. This song although being the calmest is also one of the better songs. A really good effort and a worthy song on the album.
Comfort in sound - The album title song. So is it any good?
Well it starts and as with all feeder songs has a familiar sound. Two verses are sung before you get to the chorus which brings life into the band after the previous work of art. The song is still not overly heavy but again carries on feeders talent with indie style music. A great song to name the album after!!
Forget about tomorrow - with an instrumental start this song is my favourite, if not sounding a little like yesterday went to soon. But Grants vocals and the band together make this song the best on the album. It is superb. Listen to this song! Over and over, it is just brilliant. Easy going lyrics and no overcomplicated riffs work so well and feeder make this song come to life and bring a little of the old feeder with them.
"Today it all feels fine, a sense of freedom fills your mind, cant think about tomorrow"
Godzilla - Very heavy distorted guitar brings you into the song. But then it goes down hill faster than anything. What happened with this song. Heavy riffs don't make for a good song. Disappointing, worst song on the album unfortunately.
Quick fade - A very slow song, with a slightly faster chorus but nothing to shout home about. Again another so so song which could easily have been left off and no one would have minded. Oh I think we need a filler song here!!
Overall this album feeder produced is full of good songs. There are a couple of superior songs and a few naff ones as well. So is it worth buying, well yes it is. Even for just the few really really good ones. The not so good ones are a bit of a disappointment but can be overlooked. Good album worth your pennies.
Feeder are a great British rock band; sure, they're just easy listening and not especially profound, but they do write memorable and extremely catchy songs, and they have to be applauded for that. It is also notable as the first album since Feeder's drummer Jon Lee killed himself. Comfort in Sound is the jewel in their crown, and here are my favourite songs from it:
Come Back Around = the first single, and one of Feeder's best songs, it is heavy and has very catchy lyrics. Also the drumming is superb, and if the video is any indication, was done by a woman?
Helium = one of the heaviest tracks, this is a fast paced and short song that is also one of the first songs that I learned on the guitar. It has a superb chorus too.
Comfort in Sound = a less heavy track, this one is light but has a very memorable opening riff, and some of the lyrics suggest that maybe it had been inspired by the death of a drummer. A great song about the joy of music, through and through.
Summer's Gone = a more melancholy that laments the onset of the Autumn and death of Summer. It's got a great riff and is the most downbeat song on the album.
Godzilla = most people's least favourite song, but I think it's great: very rough-around-the-edges and fast paced. It barely lasts two minutes but is another one that's easy to play!
Find the Colour = the most upbeat and inspirational-type song on the album, this has wonderfully emotive lyrics from Grant Nicolas, and is about recovery after great loss. Again it could apply to the loss of Jon Lee.
Through and through, this is an emotive album that shows the group with a surprising level of energy given the proximate loss of their drummer. It is a more melancholic record than fans would be used to, but a brilliant one, and their best work up that point and also since.
A band's music, providing that they take the time to craft their own songs, is a direct result of their personal highs and lows. Feeder's fourth release, the aptly titled 'Comfort In Sound', is the personification of this as it was the first offering following the tragic suicide of drummer Jon Lee on January 7th, 2002.
It was hardly a shock that this album lost the groups previous rocky sound, for the most part. 'Comfort In Sound', when you listen to it, is an album in which lead singer Grant Nicholas grieves openly about his regret at his lost friend and sometimes it pours out like a gaping wound. Such feeling is understandable, of course; being friends with a person for such a long time - especially when you work closely with them - you'd begin to re-examine the situation in your head time after time. Grant did do this and revealed that Jon had tried to call him on a different phone number twenty minutes before he hung himself.
It's with that in mind that, when you do turn on your CD player and start listening to 'Comfort In Sound', you have to be prepared for a few depressing tracks, and understandably so. However, buried beneath some of the more melancholic numbers, is a faint breeze of hope that seems to make this album strangely uplifting when need be.
With Mark Richardson joining Grant and bassist Taka Hirose, the album was destined to take a different route anyway but I did find the album altogether completely throughout because of its descriptive yet essentially vague solution to the death of their band mate. It rarely tries to take a complex direction and, when it does, it's a welcome break from some of the darker songs.
Track #1: Just The Way I'm Feeling
The second single from the album was actually not originally going to be put on 'Comfort In Sound' as the band and producer Gil Norton weren't sure if the album needed another mid-tempo song. However, I have to agree with Grant's evaluation that its darkness is as beautiful as its hidden sense of optimism; the fade out after the middle eight makes it all the more epic and is a truly inspiring way to start the album off. I think it was almost a song for the fans in their quest to understanding the suicide; there were bound to be some very mixed emotions whilst listening to this release, happiness that the band were carrying on in spite of what had happened but at the same time a sense of real loss.
Marks out of 10: 9.5 - in my view, it should have been the first single from the album. It's a terrific track which marks the albums struggle of confusion, loss and new hope in the face of complete depression. Awesome and one that I never tire of listening to.
Track #2: Come Back Around
Being one of 'Comfort In Sound's' only significant rock songs, it seemed natural that 'Come Back Around' was to be the first single released; it perhaps falsely invited the fans back into their world, without the overt sadness that 'Just The Way I'm Feeling' or 'Forget About Tomorrow' presents. Managing to get a respectable number 14 in the UK singles charts, it seems to gain a confidence throughout, in spite of all of the unanswered questions that it presents. I think it's actually one of the tracks that doesn't dwell too much on the death of Jon; it looks at it almost from his point of view, where he is bored and burnt out. Having said that, I think Grant has written it from a place where Jon was still alive and had actually changed his lifestyle for the better, which - when you over analyse the song - could lose this daring sense of vagueness entirely.
Marks out of 10: 9 - one of my favourite tracks purely for the contrasting of the heavy guitars and mostly positive lyrics. However, I felt it could have been placed a little further down on the album as some of the songs may become a little to depressive for some and a change of pace maybe a welcome release at some of the much darker moments.
Track #3: Helium
This has a very electronic based sound to it, whilst maintaining the bands constant referencing to the tragedy surrounding them at the time. It's almost tempting the fans on the journey of this album, trying to be a little more encouraging as it refers to the 'new heights' as if it is simply a new challenge for the band to overcome. It's one that is more emotionally straining and quite ambiguous in that sense but because of this and its musically different path than on the rest of the album, it certainly stands out. It does sound a little similar to one of the tracks that comes later on but is an excellent, emotional release.
Marks out of 10: 9 - a fantastic song which has an excellent raw energy to it that draws you in to the rest of the album. Although that in itself is an entirely different way of expressing grief. It almost presents itself as being angry in trying to piece together the events but this isn't the dominating emotion that you get here as the tune is mainly its release, rather than the lyrics which is a complete change on this offering.
#4: Child In You
As this track takes a much more reflective tone to magnify the events the year prior to the albums release, 'Child In You' is nothing short of a musical masterpiece, since its original, heartbreakingly soft vocals from Grant to the lowly drums and supporting instruments. Right up until its mild explosion up until the end, this is certainly one of the Welch songwriter's greatest and most tender conquests which is a personal revelation of suspected pent up feelings but on a level that as a listener, you don't feel locked out of. Intriguing, right down to the haunting lyrics and synthesiser sounds.
Marks out of 10: 9.5 - its subtle nature makes 'Child In You' all the more beautiful. It's a strangely relaxing song and really pronounces the bands new outlook and change in musical direction.
#5: Comfort In Sound
As the album's title track, I think it marks musically what Feeder were trying to do during the making of this record; release their feelings towards their friends premature death whilst trying to make sense of it themselves. Whilst not taking on as much of a mellower sounding guitar melody as previous track did, I think it is very much the conversation Grant wishes he could have had with Jon. That, and the music video comprised of both old and new live footage in the mourning colours of black and white, amplify the regret even further and, although on the outskirts this may seem like a song of hope, it may be the comfort of knowing that a loved one isn't suffering anymore.
Marks out of 10: 9.5 - although not completely submerged in anguish, it's one of the tracks that 'Comfort In Sound' desperately needed to avoid becoming completely dominated by this sadness. Excellent because of Nicholas' ability to take his song writing abilities to completely different levels and make it work so profoundly well.
#6: Forget About Tomorrow
The sixth track on the album uses an orchestra in order to process a different kind of sound. 'Forget About Tomorrow' sounds a little like 'Just The Way I'm Feeling' in the sense that it tries to comprehend the event through a affirmative sounding tune but has some rather pitying lyrics, where it's difficult to contemplate the future when you are suffering in the present. It's build up to the release is very similar to the first track here where it breaks for a moment of silence which works incredibly well with the backing instruments to make this much more of a romantic type song.
Marks out of 10: 9 - 'Comfort In Sound' was a very difficult track to follow but 'Forget About Tomorrow' manages to maintain a rightful spot on the album. Not quite as magical or heartbreaking as some of the other tracks on here but an excellent song none the less.
#7: Summer's Gone
This was one of the tracks where initially I found it too depressing; I was only very new to Feeder's music when their original drummer passed away and didn't know the background story. This reminds me a little bit of Radiohead; the angry burst of guitars in the video with Grant's fluctuating vocals. The lyrics, in great contrast to the tune, aren't that original. The metaphor of loss of colour when a companion dies to black and white is a little clichéd, and isn't that unique an expression within indie music. I don't think it would a faired well as a single because of this lack of individuality but as an album track, it fits in well with the rest of the album's mournful theme.
Marks out of 10: 8 - Grant's vocals are of a consistently poignant standard throughout 'Comfort In Sound' with 'Summer's Gone' being no different. Although this one might lack some of the original identity that many tracks on this album possess, it's still a very heartfelt number that is definitely worthy of a place on this album.
Taking a break from some of the more melancholic tracks, 'Godzilla' seems to pick up where this album's predecessor, 'Echo Park' left off as a track high in energy and rock power. It still mentions Jon's death - with the minimalist amount of lyrics referring to the 'lost love in suicide'. This is a song that you either think works well on the album or goes against everything it strives to achieve but I have to say it was a welcome break from some of the more downcast tracks. I loved some of the quirky, mad machine type sound effects and I thought that it was a good contrast to the rest of the album without drowning the overall, collective meaning completely.
Marks out of 10: 8.5 - one for the mosh pit!
#9: Quick Fade
This is one of the slowest paced tracks on the album and perhaps the one that doesn't benefit from Grant's vocals. When you read the lyrics separately, they are beautiful and certainly meaningful. However, when you listen to it on the album it comes across as if he couldn't be bothered to sing it in a softer, naturally depressing tone which in many ways would have made this one of the stand out tracks here. I think that the first verse was written for him; he is trying to convince himself that the loved one is in a better place, with this sentiment turning to perhaps Jon's direction by verse two.
Marks out of 10: 7.5 - both the vocals and tune overshadowed the innate charm of the lyrics. For me, it would have worked much better if it was just Grant and an acoustic guitar. It would have sounded subtly fuller and more impactful, in my opinion, then.
#10: Find The Colour
Following a track that was a little disappointing in my view, 'Find The Colour' magnified that feeling. It was to be the fourth single released from the album, reaching number 24 in the singles charts. To me, it was one of the weakest tracks on the album for a number of reasons. I don't think it actually ties in with the overall theme of lost love that the rest of the album sought to promote. It was a bit conventional and too poppy so if you were expecting another 'Buck Rogers' out of this one, you'd be waiting a long, long time!
Marks out of 10: 7 - it's a well put together song and there's nothing wrong with the production of it; it's just that I personally have never liked it, even from the first listen on the album to when it was played over and over again on the telly with the promotional video. It just doesn't seem...sincere.
#11: Love Pollution
Starting out with the simple strumming of a guitar and a backing orchestra, 'Love Pollution' is one of the finer slow songs that the album has to offer. The vocals seem to fit far better here than they did on 'Quick Fade', and overall it sounds like a much more thorough and competitive song. It provides some of the more romantic lyrics from the album in the middle eight; whilst exploring the idea of inconclusive regret, it seems that you always need someone to pick up the pieces and this is an ode to that someone.
Marks out of 10: 9.5 - the abrupt fade out at the end works surprisingly well here and ends the track in a suitable way. The delicacy of the words really suits the musical element of the song, although they are the stand out feature on this track without any shadow of a doubt.
Starting out with a computerised drum kit (at least, that's what it sounds like) the tune is very melodic and captures the fluttering, gentle lyrics perfectly. The calm moments juxtaposed with the all out thrashing of the cymbals against the deep guitars make this track an ambitious final blockbuster on this album which is not only confident, but makes sense. The pause in the middle only boosts this, making the final track on here one of the most memorable and exciting.
Marks out of 10: 9.5 - ending the album on a much more optimistic note was essential; it could have steered towards a depressive pit of complete gloom but, the fact that it didn't, makes this track stand out on 'Comfort In Sound' as a fitting and gorgeous tribute to Mr. Lee.
The tracks that were released from 'Comfort In Sound' were some of the best performing in the bands career. Maybe it was because of the fact that there was a lot of media attention surrounding them already with the tragedy that came the previous year. Or, perhaps, it was because the alterative genre that their music embodied beforehand had been stripped down to a much more conventionally raw masterpiece.
'Come Back Around' I think was released as the first single to welcome back the fans who had purchased their previous albums, perhaps as a way to say that it wasn't all going to be softer, more ballad like tracks. Reaching number 14 in the charts, it did quite well but not as much so as it's follow up, 'Just The Way I'm Feeling'. It was a huge hit, especially after the CD signing in Oxford Street's HMV where the store sold out of the top ten single in one day! That's a huge fete for any band.
'Forget About Tomorrow' gained the number 12 position in the singles charts. It performed well, primarily, due to its more radio friendly sound; it was a lot lighter on the guitars and included words that everyone could relate to. The same could be said of the 'Find The Colour' - although it didn't chart well - but the albums title track did gain a massive following, despite only 3000 copies being sold and the rest being in downloads.
What I'm basically trying to get across is the fact that, whilst the band may have previously been known by their almost post grunge kind of genre, that in actual fact, this album - with all shortcomings attached - brought out a more mainstream, mature essence to their song writing and style. The tracks that do remain true to their old form keep the older listeners interested whilst creating a new fan base in the act.
The artwork for 'Comfort In Sound' was very effective because of the minimal amount of colours that were used and the simplistic, crude angel and other figures both on the album cover and on the sleeve. I liked the way that only a line from some of the album's more moving songs were listed; although I'd usually want all of the lyrics included, this time, it worked on a number of levels and really did allow the listener to reflect on the occurrences that surrounded the making of this album. The pastel colours of orange, yellow, green and blue - working with the pure white - also implied this sense of serenity.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
When I first got my copy, it was on special offer in Asda for £5.00. We'd already got a copy - actually it was my Mum's from when the album was first realeased - but I wanted my own, which I think in itself speaks volumes for it's quality and overall consistency of brilliant tracks. At the minute, you can buy 'Comfort In Sound' for the following prices online:
Amazon.co.uk: £5.97 (eligible for free super saver delivery)
Play.com: £8.99 (free delivery)
CDwow.com: £6.99 (free delivery)
DVD.co.uk: £7.39 (free delivery)
Zavvi.co.uk: £10.00 (free delivery)
OVERALL AND COMPARISONS TO OTHER FEEDER ALBUMS
When you compare Feeder's 'Comfort In Sound' to their other back catalogues of work, it would seem that this release is their most thorough of them all. 'Echo Park' - the album before this one - is fuelled by electric guitar energy, even on some of the mellower tracks, such as 'Seven Days In The Sun'. It's of an overall more alternative sound, and strives to please that audience in particular, in many ways.
'Comfort In Sound' is a departure from this and - in my humble opinion - the strongest record they've ever made. 2004/05's 'Pushing The Senses' never had me hooked because I was initially unimpressed with the singles; the title track, along with it's bland but really odd video, didn't endear me to really trying it and I was worried it would taint my feelings towards this release. What I have heard of it, although it might not be as forthcoming in its grievances, it does seem to be near enough replicating a lot of these emotions and not releasing them in a way that is that startlingly different to anything from this offering.
However, this album has got it all, as far as a semi-depressing, pop/rock record goes. 'Comfort In Sound' possibly embraces the events of Jon's death better than many fans could hope for, mainly through the sympathetic tunes and Grant's tender, expressive vocals. His song writing here is astounding and the articulation in which he uses to vent his deepest, darkest demons surrounding one of his closest friend's death is awe inspiring. Although these emotions should have been released in a way in which it only tells the story in a very private manner - building on conversations the two men would have had if he'd lived or even when he was alive - it doesn't feel like as a listener you've been left out of this all that much. I think it's an incredibly versatile album in that respect because, although the lyrics are quite frankly sublime, they are very vague in another case which makes it an intriguing listen.
Yet, there is a minor fault that the album does lack themes away from the loss of love and death, with some people may even finding it to be an overall depressing listener. Considering what had happened though, I don't blame Grant for steering his song writing down that route; it comes over as completely authentic and beautiful, and is a credit to himself as a lyricist.
Undeniably the album Feeder should be remembered for - and rightfully so!
(Note: to be found on 'the other side' - written by moi and displayed with the same name).
Feeder. Comfort in Sound.
This the Welsh (Brit rock) bands fourth album. I read on the internet that it was released in the same year that their drummer committed suicide and is heavily influenced by this event (2002). This was not something I was aware of when I bought it.
I have to say, I have not really gotten into anything else they have done, but this is a fair bit different to some of their singles, which had been my only other exposure to the band before this album, picked up at a car boot sale for £1.50. I was at the car boot with a mate who suggested it, I resisted, and he told me that it would be £1.50 well spent. At about 11p per track he had a point so I did buy it. This was about 6 weeks ago and here are my thoughts:
Track 1. Just the way I'm feeling.
The start of this could be Oasis, the guitar, the vocal, the drums. Actually, I have to say, it is much better than Oasis. After a simple, slowish start it builds into a full on crescendo of anthem like quality. Nice Brit rock feel. 8/10.
Track 2. Come back around.
Much more 'American', has a feeling of Foo Fighters or Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Faster, punchier and more 'edgy' than the last track. A real 'driving' song, motorway head nodding. All drums and guitars again. Great stuff. Another 8/10.
Track 3. Helium.
Starts with some nice metal like guitar riffs and the vocals are much more 'metal' too. Not so sure about this track. I like it, but I don't really get the lyrics. Not bad. 7/10.
Track 4. Child in you.
Very morose start, a kind of perverse lullaby in a way. Lyrically very powerful, vocally very powerful, the song tells a story. The drums and single string strumming of the lead guitar are incredibly telling. Interesting use of keyboards too. Clearly a lot of heart and soul went into this. 8/10.
Track 5. Comfort in sound.
A really accomplished offering this, really sounds like the vocals and lyrics mean something:
"Comfort in sound it's all around, ease back the strain, come heal your pain".
Great musically, very like Nickleback or Staind. Great stuff 9/10.
Track 6. Forget about tomorrow.
This song just seems to start, no intro, as if the first few bars were played somewhere else, we are straight into mid song and it is brilliant!! Guitar, drums, then strings; violins and cellos. Again, lyrically very powerful and relevant to their lost band member. Just seems to get bigger and bigger, a real anthem and very, very busy musically. 9/10.
Track 7. Summer's gone.
Acoustic guitar....."Crack and break, life's big mistake" This opening line sets the tone for this really morose offering. Like many of their tracks it builds well, the guitars and drums being the key to this band.....then it slows again, and builds again, it reminds me of a wave, ebbing and flowing. Hints of Nirvana. Possibly one of the best on the album. 9/10.
Track 8. Godzilla.
At 2.05 the shortest song on the album. Straight into an old style heavy rock beat, a la Motorhead, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin, bloomin' great, this is surprising for me as I am not generally a 'heavy' fan. Quite different from their other offerings on the album. Love it. 9/10.
Track 9. Quick fade.
Back to a more contemporary sound and beat. Some interesting uses of instruments such as (I think) xylophone. And whistles (R2D2 style). Clearly this is a 'goodbye' song to their drummer and it feels a little voyeuristic to listen to this, almost like it should be a private song. Lyrically very strong, musically very interesting. Got to be 8/10.
Track 10. Find the colour.
Good 'strumming' start and okay musically, lyrically telling a story. If I had heard no other songs from this album this would be cracking. In relation to the other songs I'm not so sure. Has a Levellers feel about it, but not enough of a 'difference' to make a difference. 6/10.
Track 11. Love pollution.
Another melancholic offering that is 'anthem like'. I feel quite heretic for saying this, but it's getting boring now, you've made you're points!! 5/10.
Track 12. Moonshine.
7.48 long. Which is about 7 minutes too long, very repetitive, very self indulgent, very rock opera. Not for me. 3/10.
Track 13. Opaque.
Nice heavy guitar start, straight into the lyrics, not sure why but reminds me of the Who on the Quadraphenia album. This is not a bad thing. I really quite like this almost psychedelic rock. Big drums, big guitars big noise. We get a complete key and pitch change about halfway through and we are listening to Hawkwind, well could be. I love this track. 9/10.
Track 14. Emily.
Militaristic drum beat, heavy bass guitar, nice long intro, soft vocal comes in. You think you are getting a soft, controlled, melancholic ballad, then it gets all crazy, unexpectedly. Brilliant. Then, back to soft. This track leads you one way, then yanks you another. Terriffic stuff. A fantastic closing number, this has gone straight onto my ipod. My CD says this is a bonus track for Japan only, yet I bought it here, though I guess it could have come from Japan. 9/10.
Tracks 10, 11 and 12 don't do it for me, but they are not 'bad'. You have at least 11 great tracks and a couple of those are better than great. I wonder now how I'd never really bothered with this band before, they really are rather good. Totally guitar and drums based, with forays into keyboards and strings and the occasional flirt with brass and woodwind, this is a very musically accomplished band that manage to maintain an 'edginess' which I like a lot.
The CD cover and booklet is kinda cool, 'dark' cartoons, with no lyrics, which is good as it makes the listener really listen. Yep, my mate had a point, £1.50. Bargain.
You can always trust Feeder to release a great album. With predecessors such as Echo Park and Polythene, Comfort in Sound really shows what the band are capable of. Every song (apart from Godzilla - we'll talk about that later) is a masterpiece and deseves to be listened to properly- go out and get the best hi-fi money can buy, set it up in a quiet place (eg. the desert), crank up the bass and endulge in pure aural bliss.
By far one of the best songs on the album is "Comfort in Sound"; heavy on the bass, yet with excellent guitar riffs it is a treat for the ears and I guarantee that after hearing it once, you will be humming it for the rest of the week.
Other tracks such as "Just The Way I'm Feeling" and "Come Back Around" show modern music at its best, with excellent lyrics by vocalist Grant Nicholas that will literally blow you away.
Most of the tracks are very slow and calming- sorrowful songs such as "Forget About Tomorrow" reflect the band's sadness at thier tragic loss of drummer, Jon Lee.
The album's only low point is the track "Godzilla" a heavily distorted, guitar overload which really goes against everything the album stands for.
However, all in all this is an album that really shows Feeder at thier best, and as I'm sure you'll soon agree, complete musical perfection. The album can be bought for £6.97 (well worth it for what you get) from Amazon.co.uk or downloaded from sites such as mycokemusic.com or the iTunes Music Store for around 70p per track.
Quick summary of the tracks:
1. Just The Way I'm Feeling (9/10)
2. Come Back Around (8/10)
3. Helium (10/10)
4. Child In You (7/10)
5. Comfort In Sound (11/10!)
6. Forget About Tomorrow (9/10)
7. Summers Gone (8.5/10)
8. Godzilla (3/10)
9. Quick Fade (7/10)
10. Find The Colour (8/10)
11. Love Pollution (9/10)
12. Moonshine (7/10)
P.S: Sorry about the short length of this review - I don't have much time as I have GCSE exams coming up. Thanks for reading!
Feeder - Comfort in Sound
Feeder is a band that has never stuck to a particular formula, any fan can tell you that. Grant Nicholas' songwriting has always shown variety musically throughout the six albums released: Swim, Polythene, Yesterday Went Too Soon, Echo Park, Comfort In Sound and their newest album Pushing The Senses. Opinions and popularity of the group have altered and varied across time as well. Feeder have never been the most popular band. Although now very famous particularly in the UK even headlining Festivals such as Download 2005, they have never been one to stand in the limelight of the music world, perhaps due to Grant's well-known shyness or reluctancy to allow the ever-story-hungry media too far into their lives. Of course, a major factor in the lives of frontman Grant Nicholas and bassist Taka Hirose that affected them both musically and personally was the suicide of drummer Jon Lee in 2002. The band's sound dramatically changed from the seemingly more rocky albums before Lee's death, contrasting with a far softer approach with their comeback album Comfort in Sound and seemingly even more mellow and less faithful to their rock/grunge roots of the early albums with the newest release Pushing The Senses.
Many old-school loyal fans, such as myself found this change slightly unwelcome to the roaring rock/power-pop anthems of Echo Park previously, some even losing faith in the band and deciding not to follow them any longer. A fair enough attitude, I understand that opinion as i was the same at one point, but i found the more i listened to it the more i enjoyed this new approach. The major difference you'll notice after Lee's suicide is how the music is much more deeper lyrically, and is much more melodic musically. Feeder is now far from the powerchords hits of the previous albums like "Insomnia" from YWTS. Nicholas also becomes far more expressive and is singing at far greater ranges on this album. I found myself completely contradicting my previous initial thoughts of this new direction being dangerously experimental and less appealing than the previous albums and instead loving it!
In my opinion Feeder have never really hit too big with their rocky songs; for me it's the mellow tunes of the band that blow me away. The band definatly claims a unique style with it's quieter/slower songs that are all too often overlooked. "Just The Way I'm Feeling" brought these two contrasting sides of the band into a beautiful blend, featuring strings for the first time as well. In interviews about the band's direction after Lee's death, Nicholas told of how he spent several hours a day inside the studio in '[his] own little escape pod from the outside world'. Evidently this escapism he talks of, which is very clear in his music, paid off, producing the best songs he has ever written.
The album proved far more than a comeback, proving not only the rigidity of the band's ambition to continue writing and playing music (quite a feat after the death of a band member and close friend), but to excel further into a whole different league. One thing i do like about this album is that although the songs have become slower and slightly softer, Nicholas didn't forget the rock/grunge roots of the band. "Come Back Around" fabled to be Grant's tribute to Lee and "Helium" are by no means soft songs and "Godzilla" is almost reaching back to the roaring sounds of Polythene.
The title track "Comfort In Sound" is just endlessly beautiful, as are the softest songs of the band yet at the time of release - "Forget About Tommorow" and "Child In You", numbers which many older fans turned against but for me i found are perfect to relax to, along with "Quick Fade" "Love Pollution" and "Moonshine". Nicholas' lyrics take many different tones and attitudes: "Find The Colour" expresses optimism and happiness, whilst "Summers Gone" is much more sorrowful, and the next album seems to echo this feeling of loss and pain too.
The best album the band has produced? Yes, by a long way. A classic album that i'd recommend to anyone who is suffering or has recently suffered emotional hardship, this one really helped me out of a bad time. Feeder really cameback in the best way imaginable with Comfort in Sound, a different direction that didn't appeal to everyone but attracted a whole new range of fans, musically more professional and deeper and proving them stronger as a band also. This was Feeder's make or break chance and they certainly made it, contrary to beliefs they'd fade into history as a short fuse they've reemerged champions 'and it feels so damn good'. ("Find The Colour", Comfort In Sound)
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Recommended songs: "Just The Way I'm Feeling", "Come Back Around", "Comfort In Sound"
You should be able to find this album for about £10, i believe it was available in a DVD version but this might have been a limited edition, but buy the CD and you're not missing out at all!
Feeder are a group who seem to have sneaked into the spotlight, and many people wrongly assume they are a band who have experienced overnight success. In fact, by 2001, the group had amassed 14 hit Top 50 singles, most of which passed people by, and it was not until they released the magnificent Buck Rogers that they gained themselves a whole new fanbase. At the end of 2001, things were on the up for the band, but within weeks they were devastated by the suicide of drummer and founder member Jon Lee. The band (Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose) were left with a lot of thinking to do, and the main question was should they, and more importantly could they carry on without Jon. This album is the result of the decision to carry on, and each song seems to be part of the healing process which the band embarked on after such a momentus loss. Who could they replace Lee with? It was a hard choice, but eventually they decided on Mark Richardson, previously of Skunk Anansie. Opening track 'Just The Way I'm Feeling' is a fine opener, heavy on the guitars, but lead singer Grant's vocals are the main show. Songs like this show a new, more mature approach from Grant in his writing, and I am sure that there is more to the lyrics than even the most ardent fan will ever truly understand. I think because of the circumstances, this track received more airplay than it would have normally, but I think this proved it has more appeal than people thought. It is a song full of feeling, and it really sets the tone for what will follow. It is an impressive opening, and one that I genuinely hoped switched people onto the music of Feeder, and I for one try to convert as many people as possible! Even with the overiding emotion after their loss, the band have made sure that this song is not overladen with me
lancholy songs, and the tempo moves up a notch with a commanding 'Come Back Around'. It is a track which is much more in your face, and most reminiscent of the rock based songs we have seen so frequently on their other albums. Richardson has accepted that there will be many comparisons to Lee on this album, but he does a good job, and there are certainly no complaints from me. It was the debut release from the album, and allowed the band to set out their stall. They showed the fans that they are still around, and silenced any critics who thought they the would disappear without a trace. 'Helium' stays with the theme of heavy guitars and drums, although the finished sound is something I have not heard on any previous Feeder albums, as it is less polished than I am used to, but there is still a passion evident to the listener. It is not as easy to listen to as many of the other tracks, but it is one which is worth perservering with until you really understand it, and put it where it fits in your mind. This is one of the songs that I can imagine when played live with stay with all of the concert goers forever because it truly is that powerful a song, and I think performing on a live stage is where this band and their songs belong, as sometimes the magic is missed when you sit at home playing the CD. 'Child In You' brings us back down to earth with a welcoming mellow mood. This would be one of my choices to release as a single. It does make you sit up and listen as it is so different from the songs which have gone before it. It is admirable that the band can produce tracks like this without making them too depressing or focusing too much on the events they have had to deal with. At times, I feel a bit like an intruder when I am listening to their songs as they are just so personal, but with songs like this, it seems like
Grant is beckoning the listener in, as he wants them to truly experience the song rather than just listening to it and letting it wash over you without realising it's importance. Title track 'Comfort In Sound' is one of the landmark tracks on this album for me. It is one of the tracks which is more obviously written about the events surrounding Lee's death, and how the band, Grant in particular found solace in the music. He sings about recognising what has gone by being able to look to the future, whilst fighting against the turbulence in his emotions. It does provoke a lot of emotion depending on the listener, as it is very easy to relate events in your own life to the ones in this song. The title says it all, and I do believe that when you experience any kind of emotional event that music can really be a tool that you can use to help the healing process if you open your mind to it. The song of the album for me is the magnificent 'Forget About Tomorrow', which was released as a single, and should have done much better than it did. It is a very grand song with lots of strings, mostly cello led, and arguably the best vocals Grant has ever performed. It is all about what if's, and could we have made a difference had we acted in another way. This track is worth buying the album for alone, and everytime I listen to it, I have to shake my head in utter disbelief at the brilliance of the song, and how many critics and listeners completely missed the point it was trying to make. If you have never listened to a Feeder track then please make this your first, as I am sure it will send tingles up your spine. 'Summer's Gone' starts off very much in the style of Radiohead inspired angst, and that dark feeling never really leaves the song. It is a stirring song, and probably because it is the one
where Grant really disappears into the depth of the gloom that surrounded him in 2002. The song seems to drift along in this mode, searching for answers but never really getting anywhere. It is probably the track that I like least on here, and to be it is completely underwhelming, but then I am an avid hater of everything Radiohead have ever released, so maybe the likeness is a switch off for me. I have tried to be less judgemental, but this is the only disappointing flaw in the an otherwise flawless collection. The hardest track on the album is 'Godzilla', and whilst I don't dislike it, it is nowhere near being one of the best tracks on here, and it seems so out of place with all of the other tracks. It is a bit like a short, sharp shock in thrash metal mode. I think this was where the band decided to have a bit if fun, and also let out some aggression. You either love it or you absolutely detest it. I am in the latter, and I wish the band had not included it. 'Quick Fade' is more mellow, but then that wouldn't be hard considering just how heavy 'Godzilla' was. If I had to highlight which track I thought was most personal to Grant then it would be this one. The lyrics come deep from the heart, and it leaves you with many thoughts going through your head.......'I miss you more than words can say, a part of me has torn away.....' 'Find The Colour' is where the band really show how much optimism they hold for the future. It is a well crafted song, which is a high point on the album, and is one of the more unique sounding tracks in the collection, and is the most fitting tribute to the memory of Lee. It is with songs like this that I am convinced the band can crack the US market which is something they have hankered after for quite a while now. My choice to unwind to
would be 'Love Pollution', as it soothes but uplifts in the same breath. Final track 'Moonshine' finishes the album of perfectly. It's mellow approach and mindful lyrics are a joy to listen to. It ends the album on a high that all of the other songs helped to build up to. This is very strong lyrically, and even though it has a sad feeling to it, I find myself excited by the sheer talent and determination that the band have shown, as it bodes well for the future. The balance to the album is much better than I anticipated, as where there is sadness, there is hope, and where there is anger, there is realisation. The music itself is enough to stand alone, but it is the spirit and determination of the band which raises above all else. A lot of the melodies and moods and remiscent to early Foo Fighters material, which I think is more down to the production by Gil Norton than anything else, as he has worked with Dave Grohl and co on more than one occasion in the past. Grant has been quoted as saying that the writing on this album is the best he has ever done, and I would certainly agree with him, although it is sad that it took such a trauma to bring this out of him. His vocals are crisp and clear, and he has really shown what a true all round talent he is, and I am in complete awe of him.
Well having visited Feeder?s second and third albums I thought it was about time I had a look at their latest offering Comfort In Sound. Written recorded and released after the death of drummer Jon Henry Lee the album really comes across as a step on from Echo Park. The tracks all written by Grant were a kind of therapy to help him come to terms with his fiend and band mates death. They brought in a replacement in ex Skunk Anansie drummer Mark Richardson to take over the duties on this album and I believe he has taken over on a permanent basis. In places the album sounds like a band that have had a few problems in others it does sound like the Feeder of old. Released back in October of 2002 the album signified a new popularity for the band and an ever expanding fan base. Band ***** Grant Nicholas: Vocals, Guitar Taka Hirose: Bass Mark Richardson: Drums and Percussion Track 1: Just The Way I?m Feeling **************************** The song opens the album in a very slow manor with the guitar. The lead into the vocals is a constant guitar before a slow drumbeat comes in a bit louder. The song drifts along and shows the new mature Feeder straight from the off. This is a very good song and has been described as one of the best Grant has ever written. The way the album begins you do expect big things and they do deliver. ?I feel we're going down, Ten feet below the ground, It's just the way I'm feeling.? Track 2: Come Back Around ************************ The next track is the first single taken from the album. Starting a bit more upbeat to Just The Way the vocals come in again after a short guitar intro with the drums this time added. A lot livelier than the previous track this has been played out a lot on the radio and again is a superb song. The lyrics sound brilliant and that new approach is evident for all to see. ?Holding back the questions, We're bruised with all rejection, Gotta pull myself back in.? Track 3: Helium ************* The song starts louder again with the guitars and drums leading in a bit longer this time before the vocals actually come in. A good solid beat to the song it sounds like nothing Feeder have made before. Of course that isn?t a bad thing and Grants vocals have moved like on the other albums onto a different style and still sound good. ?Burn forever, learn to feed, Find the pleasure it's yours to keep.? Track 4: Child In You ****************** Another mellow track this starts a lot slower with the guitar and a couple of samples before the vocals come in quiet and thoughtful. They are followed close behind by the drums, which again carry a long a good beat mixed in with the vocals and guitars. The song is a bit like Tinsel Town from Yesterday Went To Soon and really makes you sit there and think about things again. The song has quite a slow pace, which really adds to the total impact of it. ?Close your eyes and drift away to some place new, Where the skies are blue brings back the child in you, Cross a lonely field as birds begin to speak? Track 5: Comfort In Sound ********************** The title track from the album and no doubt a future single when the time comes this is another of Feeder?s best songs. Starting with the guitars and drum beat leading a mid paced introduction to the vocals, which come in with a mellow vibe building into the chorus. This is another of those songs that shows another side of Feeder and the sort of effect Jon?s death had on Grant. Really the explanation about the song is in the title. ?Ease back the strain, Come heal your pain, Comfort in sound? Track 6: Forget About Tomorrow *************************** The second single taken from the album, which I believe is to be released shortly. Starting in a
similar way to It?s A Beautiful Day by U2, the song comes in with a string arrangement with the guitars and drums taking the beat on and Grant?s vocals coming in perfectly with the song. Another with a very mature sound and a beautiful melody. After hearing it a couple of times you find yourself joining in with it as it is pretty simple lyrics done in a good way. ?Fall apart again, You hold your face inside your aching hands, The angels tears come flooding down again? Track 7: Summers Gone ******************** A slow start again for what sounds like a darker song than the last few. Very mellow guitars and drums with the vocals coming in early on and really lingering in your mind. it keeps a fairly constant beat throughout the song, lifting a little bit for the chorus where it picks up a little before returning to the slower quieter part for the verse. ?You're feeling it too, just slipped away. The love has gone, The summer's gone away.? Track 8: Godzilla ************** To be perfectly honest this is the track that really lets the band and the album down, my least favourite on the album and possibly the worst Feeder track I have heard. Obviously the idea was to play off the name of Godzilla for the Japanese market but it didn?t work in my personal opinion. It starts with a distorted guitar before the drums come in and then the vocals. Something that normally gets a skip past when I?m listening to it. Luckily though it isn?t too long. ?Live life in overdrive, Lost love in suicide Godzilla? Track 9: Quick Fade ***************** Well it wasn?t going to be hard to follow up Godzilla with a better song. This one starts with a guitar intro into the drums and then eventually joined by the vocals. The vocals echo a little for a very mellow song that again sounds like a song dedicated to Jon and much more mature than anything before this album. T
he vocals really add a little feeling to the song and it sounds like Grant really does feel what he is singing about. ?I miss you more than words can say, A part of me has torn away, A china heart will always break? Track 10: Find The Colour ********************** This has to be my favourite track on the album and probably my second favourite Feeder track. It starts with a guitar as usual before Grant comes in with the vocals and then the drums enter after the first few lines. As the lyrics below show its a song about things everyone does and ways that everyone has felt. Again another song like the majority of the album you actually can feel the emotion in Grant?s voice. ?Conversation running dry, Sending back another text, Holding on to words you might regret? Track 11: Love Pollution ******************** Again like with the other two Feeder albums you get to the last couple of tracks in what feels like a short space of time, especially for the range of emotion shown throughout the albums. This starts with a slower guitar intro, accompanied by strings before the vocals come in. The drums join in shortly after for what is another mellow track, drifting along with the drums giving a bit of direction. ?Holding back the undercover, No respect in giving in, You'd sell your soul to be another, When love pollution's setting in? Track 12: Moonshine ****************** The final song on the album, it starts with a drum beat on its own before the guitars come in and then the vocals. It?s another mellow track to finish the album off with a brilliant start it builds upon it to lift up a little for the chorus again. Another track that really shows the step on between Echo Park and Comfort in Sound. The song carries on with the much quieter sections for the verse and lifting up a bit for the chorus. ?Going over every minute every second in you
r mind, Turning over catching fragments of a life before you die, Going over every second, every minute left behind...? So there we have it the third in my Feeder album op?s , the fourth will have to wait till I actually buy the first album, but I will review a Japanese special edition when I get it added. The album is available from CD-wow for £8.99 including two bonus tracks, Opaque and Emily. This really was a good way for Grant to release his demons and get it down on paper, the feelings about his friends death. Well worth the £8.99. Cheers Andy
'Comfort in Sound' is the first album from Brit rockers Feeder following the tragic death of their drummer Jon Lee. With this the album was ultimately going to take on a different and deeper meaning and possibly some more sympathetic reviews and press attention, but must go down as a great comeback and superb album just in general. In true rock n' roll fashion story with the death of a member and then a comeback, Feeder have a great story. They have been around for some time now; Comfort in Sound is their fifth album to date. The progression over time is quite easy to spot from the darker and harder days of 'Polythene' and 'Swim' to the more commercially successful 'Echo Park' and now 'Comfort in Sound'. Founding member Jon Lee has been replaced by ex- Skunk Anansie drummer Mark Richards. This change has been made reasonably quickly and seems to have slotted in reasonably easily. Japanese bassist Taka Hirose and front man Grant Nicholas complete the trio. Grant does all the lyrics, guitars and vocals that really carry the group. 'Comfort in Sound' is their most accomplished work so far, you can see the difference with better recording and mixing but also in terms of lyrics. Although some of this album was recorded or written before Jon died you can clearly tell how much it has influenced the tone of the record. The title gives it all away. 'Comfort in Sound' is just that, an escape with the music. Many other tracks have similar feels 'Just the Way I'm Feeling' and 'Summers Gone' can also be pretty self explanatory, while other phrases seem to leap out. 'Godzilla' is a real rock number full of pent up emotion and the telling lyric 'lost love in suicide', while 'Quick Fade' has a really touching chorus. The album contains a nice mix of influences throughout. It can sound a lot like modern rock bands like U2, Foo Fighters and the power pop of Ash while stil
l being different and individual thanks to the distinctive vocals. (although at times can sound a bit like Bryan Adams). What really makes ?Comfort in sound such a good album is a combination of things. There is a good mixture of song styles to keep you interested, real emotion, clever and touching lyrics, plus the fact there is not a single weak song throughout. The album manages to carry itself thorough, making you come back for more and sticking in your mind afterwards. 'Just the Way I'm Feeling' opens the album as one of the singles taken from it. It has had a great deal of radio play and is the sort of music that can appeal to many people. It is almost typical of the standard of the album with a dramatic feel, more concentrated on the strings section than grinding guitars. The vocals are heartfelt along with the lyrics that you really have to listen to. A very good start, it is sounding similar to older stuff before Echo Park, but refreshing at the same time. The second track manages to be even better. 'Come Back Around' is a louder and harder song with more of the guitars and drumming. The drums do exceptionally well to really carry the song, the new drummer Mark has a lot to live up to but manages very well on early signs. The first single from the album, one of my favourites overall a fantastic rock song. 'Helium' is much more intense with a darker feel. The guitars and vocals are hard and rasping, less of a clean pop song as others. It does emerge into a good chorus and again you can feel what is behind each word. The album enters a bit of ballad territory with 'Child in You'. This track starts a run of about four quite similar songs, all have potential to be singles and all good quality. It can be taken as a very sad song, touched throughout with a downcast set of vocal, but is a nice relaxing sound in the background. Overall nothing spectacular but very easy to listen to.
The fifth track is the self-titled album one, 'Comfort in Sound' is better than the previous song and up there with the best of all on the a lbum. Not a bad bet to end up as a single at a later stage, this is a really great song. It is more upbeat in a bittersweet way. Looking towards the future but fondly remembering the past, the lyrics are wonderful in a more up-tempo song, especially with the chorus. 'Forget About Tomorrow' will be the third single to be taken from the album. Not dissimilar to 'Just the Way I'm Feeling' with more strings and instrumental parts. Another superb chorus that is both catchy and upbeat is puts more class onto the album as a whole. A nice title, plus all the lyrics jus telling you to live for today and just ?forget about tomorrow?. 'Summers Gone' can be passed over the first time, but really grows on you. It is a simple song, louder guitars than some of the previous tracks but with the same chorus style and length. 'Summers Gone' really is a top quality rock song when it gets going with heavy guitars and meaningful tone of voice. 'Godzilla' is the sort of track that can wake you up if you are starting to not off at the back there. Short, sharp and bittersweet this is real guitar rock to make you get up and bounce. Unlike some thrash music you can tell the quality behind this is something else, while all the emotion behind the guitars and vocals are understandable. This is the loudest song on the album and a bit of an exception to the rule, but good none the less. Another song that could be slow to grow on you is 'Quick Fade'. The chorus really is so touching, to quote - 'I miss you more than words can say A part of me has torn away A china heart will always break A fracture to a twisted face But things are gonna heal again Eyes once blind will see again I miss you more than words can say'
What more can you say. It can make you feel sad, whatever it is about but is not a manic depressing song. More of a way to touch you. Like the album says this is 'Comfort in Sound'. It may be short-sighted to say this is about Jon, but you can see just how much this could mean. Comparing to 'Quick Fade', 'Find the Colour' is a much more up beat and up-tempo sound. Just the sort of thing that is easy to listen to and drop into, this would be an ideal single in my opinion but there are so many others that could be. Much more of a fun song and a lovely chorus. 'Love Pollution' slips back into more of a laid back and softer approach, like some of the earlier tracks. This again has some great images in the lyrics, another song that you can unwind to. Quite uplifting to listen to though, with more of a pop feel with those strings. The album ends with another competitor for best song with 'Moonshine'. It sums up the quality of the whole album with not a dud track amongst them. It takes a little while to get going, but when it does the fantastic lyrics are displayed once again, as well as some of the better examples of Grant's voice. Great stuff. Just when you though it was going to finish it comes back all over again, in total it is one of if not the longest track on the album. One of the criticism from some people is that their later albums are more pop than rock. Whatever you can say, they have had more chart success with their latest work. Comfort in Sound went into the album top 10 and has remained in the higher reaches for several months while the singles also have entered the charts. They are more recognisable and fully deserve their success. If their newer sound does get them more fans ? fair play to them. 'Comfort in Sound' is a good way for new fans to get into Feeder. It is an easier listen than some of their other work, and then if you enjoy this then you really must c
heck out some of their other stuff. Top recommendation goes to 'Yesterday Went Too Soon', but all are good. Feeder are a great live band as well if you get a chance to see them. They are not going to be the cutting edge of on stage antics, but give a great performance and Grant is one of the best live singer around. Feeder have just finished a sell out tour to promote this album, but will be appearing at many festivals this summer. So in conclusion this is a great album. Feeder have shown that it is not the end for them and come back better for it. It is a difference to some of their other stuff, but equally good. Lyrically this is probably the best Feeder have made, while there is always something strong behind all the songs. It is well worth buying and gets full marks.
In between this and the hugely popular release of Echo Park, Feeder re-released Swim with extra tracks, released a massive single (EP) called Just a Day oh and their drummer died. And to take 'Comfort In Sound' without John's death in mind would be blasphemous, as the emotion exerted by the band plays an obvious homage to him. 56 seconds into the first single 'Come Back Around' plays the line "Come back around, I miss you around", and from then on in you know this album will be something else… and it is. To say the album is depressing is an understatement but then that isn't necessarily a bad thing, after all the phenomenal success of Coldplay (a band Feeder are supporting in their recent arena tour) is centred on the concept. 'Come Back Around' is the second song on the album, it features a powerful drumbeat and follows a similar pattern throughout, to say it is slightly repetitive is forgivable but the slight change in tone that occurs is enough to melt your heart. The lyrical content is far more mature than anything Feeder have ever produced and considering the maturity of their earlier work that is some feat. They use a wide range of vocabulary that presents you with enough information to put across their point but allows the listener to put their own situations next to it. This is equally true with the second single and the first song from the album ‘'ust The Way I'm feeling'. The line "Two different views, as words confuse, and break". Is a perfect example on how feeder create mood with words and not totally through the musical exploits. The break at the end of the line is a harsh juxtaposition against the soft sibilant sounds (S sounds) the majority of the verse is filled with. But what can be specifically noted about this song is the lull it presents you with until it hits you with a powerful opener to a chorus that does nothing else but make you smile. 'Heli
um' is the most questionable song on the album and quiet possibly the worst, but that does not make it bad. The negative point about 'Helium' is that it is repetitive, despite 'Just The Way I’m Feeling', 'Come Back Around' and the rest of the album (except 'Godzilla') dangerously bordering a repetitive nature they manage to change just enough to stop the listener's mind from wondering. 'Helium' on the other hand doesn't do enough and unless you sit and listen to the wondrous lyrical content of the song you won't enjoy as much, so it isn't really for easy listening. Although upon saying that hearing it live gives you a whole new prospective on the song. It isn't really until you hear the title song 'Comfort In Sound' that the album picks up again, placing it upon the legend of British musical talent. 'Comfort In Sound' is a perfect example of why Feeder are that damn good, the line "Comfort In Sound is all around, ease back the pain come heal your strain" creates one of the most original songs in ages… discussing the healing power of music. The song itself is a slow song but beautifully so, a song that successfully promotes music and in particular the wonderful sound of Feeder. The sixth song on the album is the third single (yet to be released at the time of writing) called 'Forget about tomorrow', it follows the trend of the album, a soft but emotional sound accompanied with excellent lyrical content. It also teeters on repetition yet just as it does get repetitive (and it does) the music changes both dramatically and incredibly… snapping you out of the lull you’ve been tricked into and this is when repetition is both excusable and acceptable. Summers gone is a nice song although not as superb as some songs, it is a nice descriptive way of expressing S.A.D (Seasonal associated disorder) and a prime example of the more depressive tone o
f the album. Godzilla on the other hand is totally and utterly different. Not soft, slow or depressing Godzilla is a return of the fast paced music of Echo Park. Heavier than the rest of the album and a damn sight more uplifting… it is one of those songs you'll be jumping around to. Disappointingly the song is the shortest on the album and it is the only one of its type. Some have commented on it being the best whilst others criticize it (including Feeder's own manager) for not fitting in. But this is the point; Godzilla is juxtaposed against the rest of the songs and is all the better for it, it makes the latter half of the album far more enjoyable as listening to familiar music from beginning to end often makes the listener lose interest half way through. The last 3 tracks on the album are by far my favourite, 'Find the Colour' is much like the other songs but has multiple changes in sound that makes it that much better. 'Find The Colour' is the title song for a special Japanese release CD (featuring covers) and not without good reason. Some of the sounds can be linked to other musical influences including Bon Jovi (do not worry it doesn't sound like Bon Jovi) and is in many ways different from the other songs yet comfortably similar. 'Love Pollution' was originally a monotonous track to listen to, yet after seeing the band at Brixton Academy the song has become one of my favourites. It can only be described as beautiful; a love song for the decades and juxtaposing the positive aspect of love with the negative term of pollution really sets this song apart. And it also sets up to the grand close with 'Moonshine', another equally beautiful song… longer than the others but you really want this one to last forever. It is up there with the best and even in the comfort of your room you still want to get out the lighter and start waving. 'Comfort In Sound' is a highly accomplished album, s
aying it is better than 'Echo Park' is easy, saying it is better than 'Yesterday Comes too soon' is a lot harder. 'Comfort In sound' is the best lyrical work they have done and a classic in its right. The rise of feeder will continue. Dringo.
This album is excellent, although I am not sure whether it is quite as good as 'Yesterday Went Too Soon', it has some similarities with both it and 'Echo Park'. One thing that I am happy to note is that the audio quality is excellent again, after the unexplained lapse on some tracks of Echo Park, so now once more you can play it loudly and proudly without wincing at the background hiss that plagued the third album. The album itself is far more powerful and rich in audio 'texture' than before, and the whole album somewhat missed the happy, playful, upbeat tracks of Echo Park. The tracks are more mournful and slow, but excellent nonetheless. If you loved tracks like 'Yesterday Went Too Soon', 'Piece By Piece' and 'Radioman', then you will drool at the sound of this album. For the fans of the more upbeat Feeder tracks, there are a few faster tracks, but the music in total has a much more 'mature' and 'powerful' sound to it. Tracks: 1) Just the way i'm Feeling - A short track, that was made popular by it's release into the charts earlier on in the year. Feels like a song from Echo Park, but with a thickness of sound that is present in feeders slower songs usually features here. A great start to the album. 2) Come back around - Another excellent track. It has an odd Chorus that is harder rocking than the first track, but is unlike the rest of the song. Fastest track on the album, but still slow compared to 'Hole in my head'. My personal fave on the album, if you are feeling energetic. 3) Helium - Now you can prepare for some odd sounds! The voice warping on this track is notable, but adds to the sound of the track, which is similar to the first, but slower and with a harder chorus. Good but not my fave track. 4) Child in you - So different from the first 3 tracks, this is like 'Dry', but slightly more melodic, with more odd sounds, which take so
me getting used to. Not the best track, as it never feels like it is going anywhere because it never builds past the chorus. 5) Comfort in sound - In true Feeder style, the title track is the best on the album. Mixing great lyrics with a nice melody even in the verses, but with an amazing chorus, that builds throughout the sound until near the end it becomes a wall of sound, which is an effect that I have never heard before by any artist. Like 'Yesterday went to soon', but with more music, so to speak. Great track. Buy the album just for it and 'Come back around', but that is just my opinion. "Comfort in sound it's all around ease back the strain come heal your pain comfort in sound, it's all around you now" - and s it is. :) 6) Forget about tomorrow - One of the weaker tracks on the album, with vocals that sound a little too stretched as notes are held for too long in the verses which slow down the verses. The lyrics are nice and relaxing, similar to some of the more mournful tracks later on. However, it is saved by the lines: "feel yourself fall apart again you hold your face, inside your aching hands the angels just come flooding down again bring us back again" This section is worthy of 'Comfort in sound' in audio quality. 7) Summers gone - sounds like an oasis track at the start, but it is a shame that it never gets any better. Sounds mournful, but has a great guitar section in the chorus, so musicians will like it. 8) Godzilla - I?m sure that they made this as a joke. I really am. It is only about 1:30 long, and has guitar, bass and drum thrashing worthy of 'The Lost Prophets'. Apart from this, you are assaulted by screaming and odd noises including, yes you guessed it, Godzilla sound effects. A fun track, but sounds out of place in this album, and some fans do not appreciate the thrashing. 9) Quick fade - Now we reach the t
ired end of the album, which is a shame, as it started so brightly. Some fans will like the slow, plodding sound of this track, but is find it a little annoying to tell the truth, although the chorus is decent enough, the verses sound similar to Coldplay, but with more drum work and odd noises (again!). 10) Find the colour - Nice little happy track, not as good as tracks 5/6, but its great to listen too while doing something, as you may want to sing along: "Now I can see that I love all the things that you do with each day and it feels so damn good every second that passes me by in the blink of an eye it just feels so damn good" nice guitar riffs in the chorus, and great drums. Good track. 11) Love pollution - Uh oh, a title with the word 'love' in. That is never a good sign, and indicates a ballad, which oddly enough it is, in Feeders own odd way anyway. Relaxing to listen too, great for doing homework too, because the lyrics don?t distract you and invite you to listen - rather just get absorbed by the noises and hum along happily, which you will do hours later. 12) Moonshine - long and relaxing, like the last track on 'Yesterday went too soon', but with no hidden track :( (if you can call 'Bubble head' music...). Nice relaxing chorus and verses with pleasant lyrics and the great lines "Only you, its only for you always true for time is passing by only you, always you" This chorus also comes with the great 'wall of sound' method described earlier, which you really have to have a great hi-fi to appreciate, and play it loud (which neighbours wont appreciate). This track feels like the cool down after doing exercise, with a nice build up to a climax about 4 mins into the track (of 6:49), which is nice. Conclusion - Great album, especially if you appreciate the quality of the music pumped out by Feeder, the great (and meaningful) lyrics, d
rum solos and guitar riffs, not to mention the new Feeder sound... odd sounds! Although Feeder have not yet found a definite new drummer, most of the album was done with one, whose name escapes me at the moment, but is not really important. If you are a fan buy it with no apprehension, if not then when you buy it you will become a fan. Pure and simple.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Just the way I'm feeling
2 Come back around
4 Child in you
5 Comfort in sound
6 Forget about tomorrow
7 Summer's gone
10 Find the colour
11 Love pollution
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Just the way I'm feeling (video)
2 Forget about tomorrow (video)
3 Find the colour (video)
4 Come back around (video)
5 Forget about tomorrow (live at Brixton)
6 Just a day (video)
7 Can't stand losing you (live at Reading 2001)
8 Buck Rogers (live at Reading 2001)