Comfort in Sound
Comfort In Sound CD Echo, ECHCD43, 2002, 12 Track
That Feeder have produced an album in the same year as the tragic death of their drummer is admirable in itself, but what defies belief is the sheer quality of the songs that make up Comfort in Sound, the band's fourth full-length album. After the exuberant pop (and mainstream success) of 2001's Echo Park, the lyrics here are darker, starker and, much like the Manic Street Preachers' seminal Everything Must Go, intensely personal. From the lush strings and emotional turbulence of "Forget About Tomorrow" to the epic scope and spine-tingling wall of sound that is the title track, this is Yesterday Went Too Soon to the power of Polythene.
"Just the Way I'm Feeling" is classic Feeder (think "Day In Day Out" meets "Undivided", with strings) and has a naked vocal that characterises (and exemplifies) the whole album. "Summer's Gone" plays Muse at their own game (and wins), whereas "Find the Colour" is shameless, glorious pop and a welcome beam of feel-good optimism after the album's stand-out track "Quick Fade"--a heart-wrenching love letter to a much missed friend. The melancholy is inescapable however, because "the love pollution's setting in" ("Love Pollution"--perhaps Nicholas's most perfectly realised song). Only the pointless noise of "Godzilla" blemishes an otherwise perfect record. Mature, sophisticated and epic, Nicholas's design for life has made him one of the most gifted songwriters in Britain today. This is awesome, but devastating. --Ben Johncock
Great classic Feeder tracks, a real emotional thread throughout which I can only attribute to Jon Lee's tragic suicide before this album was written. Yes this is easy rock, yes it's written to hook you and not make you think, but dammit it's awesome.