Feeder seems like just a normal band with a simple, yet strong sound; yet, they’ve been around and have gained a strong and loyal following. With the tragic loss of their original drummer before the recording of Comfort in Sound, the band has pushed onward and has made a solid and powerful record. And taking comfort in sound is exactly what the band seems to be doing on this record, while letting th listener do the same.
The first track, "Just the Way I'm Feeling," is a string-laden, epic song that shows the power of the band along with their pop sensibilities. Grant Nicholas doesn’t hold back with singing, and the strain and desperateness comes through in his honest vocals. He can move from soft lines to almost-yelling while not wavering in pitch.
The second track is the single “Come Back Around,” a very catchy yet definitely harder song than the previous track. It sounds like a carefully crafted pop song: simply structured with hooks and
Comfort in Sound seems to jump from track to track: a simple pop/punk song, to a harder slower tempoed song, to a song of epic proportions. Feeder pulls it off without a hitch, and creates simple songs with depth and feeling that many bands fail to capture on record.
The soft “Child in You,” is a sad, gripping song that is heavy with keys and acoustic guitar. The softness of the vocals with the keys, with words like “You gotta reach inside yourself and let it go,” gives a desperateness and sadness, yet a willingness to push on. This track shows the songwriting talent of Nicholas, who is able to take melodic lines and fuse them with waving lines of verse.
The title track is a synth-heavy song with flavorful guitar picking. Soaring vocals again show Grant Nicholas’ prowess, and in the chorus the guitars create a wall of sound that although is much harder than the verses, make the song leap forward in power.
The track “Godzilla,” is a distortion-heavy song, with dual vocals that border on screaming at time. There are points in the song that have electronic blips and noises that play off the heavy power chords nicely. In contrast, the song “Quick Fade” is a slow song with soaring harmonies and sliding guitars. “Love will survive, it twists and turns you,” gives a feeling of swirling around, just as the synthesizer and sliding guitar create a tone of floating sound.
Feeder has made a record worth checking out. Though there isn’t a definite track that stands above the rest, there isn’t a weak song on the record. The band pours every ounce of effort into their songs, and it comes through on this LP. Grant Nicholas’ makes the listener feel what he is singing about, and the band throws powerful chords and soft melodies back and forth to create simple, yet crafted and deep songs that can be understood and appreciated.
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