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Comfort In Sound - Reviewed

Feeder
Comfort In Sound
Echo Label
21st October 2002


There has been a such a huge amount of deserved hullabaloo about the return of Feeder. In the same year that their Drummer died the remaining 2 members create Comfort In Sound, This has been tipped as Feeders Best album, Grant Nicholas himself admits that the 12 songs that make up the new album are his best compositions to date.

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Enough of the small talk, after listening to the 12 tracks on 'Comfort In Sound,' the first thing that strikes me is the definite honesty and positive energy that come out of this record.
All eyes have been on Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose after the tragic death of drummer Jon Lee early this year, yet they have emerged seemingly much stronger producing a beautifully crafted record which not only emphasizes the devastation of the personal loss of Jon in tracks such as 'Come Back Around'....(I miss you around,) yet also touches older Feeder fans, as many tracks on the new album seem to have influences which stem from Feeder's old material. Tracks such as 'Helium' contain the angst and rawness which drove the record 'Swim,' where as similarly 'Forget about tomorrow,' and 'Godzilla' could easily have been tracks on 'Polythene.' This is far from a negative identification, 'Comfort in Sound' is far from a follow up to 'Yesterday Went Too Soon,' or 'Echo Park,' but a step forward for Feeder. It's a truly great collection of 12 songs, fuelled by love, emotion, tragedy and ultimately positivity. Whether you're a Feeder fan from the early days of 'Swim' as far back as 1995, or you've recently discovered the band through their more recent material is irrelevant. 'Comfort in Sound' is definitely worth listening to.
As one of the final tracks on the album, 'Find the Colour' really emphasises the underlying emotions of Feeder's new album and 'it just feels, so damn good.'
It really is an impressive 6th album (if you include the EP's 'Two Colours' and 'Swim') and there is no doubt that it is Feeder's best and most influential record to date.

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Currently traveling Europe and The Far East Feeder will return to the live stage for a nineteen-date tour of the UK in February and March 2003. These dates - the first since their emotional, packed-out Evening Session stage headline slots at this year's Carling Weekend: Reading, Leeds and Glasgow - form the band's first UK headlining tour since Spring 2001. It is the band's biggest, most extensive tour to date.

February
Friday 7th Dublin Ambassador
Sunday 9th Belfast Limelight
Tuesday 11th Norwich UEA
Wednesday 12th Southampton Guildhall
Thursday 13th Brighton Dome
Sunday 16th Oxford Brookes University
Tuesday 18th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 19th Nottingham Rock City
Friday 21st Manchester Apollo
Saturday 22nd Glasgow Barrowlands
Sunday 23rd Aberdeen Music Hall
Tuesday 25th Northumbria University
Wednesday 26th Leeds University
Thursday 27th Liverpool Royal Court

March
Saturday 1st Newport Centre
Sunday 2nd Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 5th Exeter University
Thursday 6th Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 7th Brixton Academy