Comfort in Sound

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Comfort in Sound
Studio album by Feeder
Released 21 October 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:04
Label Echo
Producer Gil Norton, Grant Nicholas
Feeder chronology
Echo Park
(2001)
Comfort in Sound
(2002)
Picture Of Perfect Youth
(2004)
Singles from Comfort in Sound
  1. "Come Back Around"
    Released: 7 October 2002
  2. "Just the Way I'm Feeling"
    Released: 13 January 2003
  3. "Forget About Tomorrow"
    Released: 5 May 2003
  4. "Find the Colour"
    Released: 22 September 2003

Comfort in Sound is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Feeder, released on 21 October 2002 and also the first to be released by the band after the suicide of drummer Jon Lee earlier in the year. The album was recorded at RAK Studios in London during most of 2002, and was produced by Gil Norton.

The band returned to live performance after Lee's suicide, playing low-key slots at various festivals in the United Kingdom, before releasing the single "Come Back Around" and then the album. Three further singles—"Just the Way I'm Feeling", "Forget About Tomorrow" and "Find the Colour"—followed the album's release. The album received positive reviews from the music press and was received well by the public, reaching number six on the UK Albums Chart. Although charting one place lower than predecessor Echo Park, Comfort in Sound had a much stronger chart run of 36 weeks on the weekly top 75 album chart, in comparison to the nine weeks of Echo Park.

Comfort in Sound is seen as a major commercial success, selling 503,706 units in the United Kingdom and giving the band their second top ten single, "Just the Way I'm Feeling". Inside the inlay, there were also a number of illustrations by Aya Takayano, including a picture per song, each with a lyrical extract from four of the album's songs. The first three of these were released as singles from the album, all in their order of appearance in the booklet, which lead to beliefs that the fourth song "Comfort in Sound", would be the fourth single, only for "Find the Colour" to be released in its place instead.

Release[edit]

The album was given a low-key promotional build up due to the death of drummer Jon Lee. Before the album's release, the band played a warm-up show at the Portsmouth Wedgewood rooms prior to performing at the Reading and Leeds festivals and at the Gig on the Green. Kerrang! magazine gave a rating of 5/5 (KKKKK), for the band's performance. Part of the band's appearance on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival was featured on BBC Three and the full set was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 later in the year. The band went on to play an arena tour at the end of the year, with high ticket sales and selling out at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Lead single "Come Back Around" had its first airplay on BBC Radio 1's "The Evening Session" show, and was A-listed by the station. The song was originally recorded as an instrumental demo in 2001, with the lyrics shortly written afterwards. After Lee's suicide, Grant Nicholas re-wrote the lyrics to relate to their friend and colleague's death: when the final version was recorded with Mark Richardson on drums. A completely instrumental version of the album was issued to television and radio media.

Reception[edit]

The album was well-received by critics and was a commercial success. It initially entered the charts at #6 before dropping out of the top 75 after only four weeks. It charted at #178 on the 2002 year-end charts, selling just under 100,000 units. In 2003, the release of "Just the Way I'm Feeling" sent the album back to #13 and helped it to #66 in the 2003 end of year charts. The album re-entered the album charts in February 2005: in total, it spent 36 weeks in the top 75. "Just the Way I'm Feeling" gained over 15,000 UK radio plays and charted at #10 on the UK singles chart, with follow-up single "Come Back Around" reaching #14.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
BBC Manchester (9/10) link
Contactmusic (Positive) link
Entertainment Ireland 4/5 stars link
The Guardian 3/5 stars link
The Fly (Positive)
iAfrica.com 4.5/5 stars link
Kerrang! 4/5 stars
Metal Hammer (Positive)
Music Scene 4/5 stars link
Music Week (Positive)
Planet Sound (8/10)
Q 4/5 stars
RTÉ Online 3/5 stars link
Rock Sound (Positive)
Rockzone (B+) link
The Times (Positive)


Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

  • #27 in Planet Sound's 2002 albums list (incorrectly listed as "Come Back Around")[2]
  • #32 in Kerrang! magazine's "Top 100 British Rock Albums of All Time"[3]
  • Rock Sound – "Album of the Month"[4]
  • Kerrang! – "Album of the Week"[4]

Award nomination[edit]

  • "Best Album" at the 2003 Q Magazine Awards.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Grant Nicholas. 

No. Title Length
1. "Just the Way I'm Feeling"   4:22
2. "Come Back Around"   3:13
3. "Helium"   3:15
4. "Child in You"   3:27
5. "Comfort in Sound"   3:46
6. "Forget About Tomorrow"   3:51
7. "Summer's Gone"   4:49
8. "Godzilla"   2:05
9. "Quick Fade"   4:24
10. "Find the Colour" (omitted from first pressings of European release) 3:57
11. "Love Pollution"   4:13
12. "Moonshine"   6:49

Original version[edit]

This was an original track listing for the album, songs with a * after them were dropped from the final track listing, and have never since been released but some might have been working titles for songs that did make the album.

  1. "All in All"*
  2. "Walk"*
  3. "Just the Way I'm Feeling"
  4. "Come Back Around"
  5. "Find the Colour"
  6. "Helium"
  7. "Child in You"
  8. "Ascend"*
  9. "Godzilla"
  10. "Before We Find Out"*
  11. "Crystal"*
  12. "Late"*
  13. "Forget About Tomorrow"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 6
Irish Albums Chart 27
Japanese Albums Chart 98
UK Albums Chart
Week 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Position
6
25
55
74
(RE)72
35
16
14
13
21
27
31
39
49
57
61
(RE)66
49
38
31
21
26
28
40
55
58
(RE)74
(RE)45
52
67
(RE)73
(RE)51
42
43
41
55
Top 75 IRMA Irish Albums Chart
Week 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
Position
27
42
57(RE)
28
58
36
48
62(RE)
Top 100 Japanese Oricon Chart
Week 01
Position
98
Sales
2630

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q Magazine's albums of 2002 list". q4music.com. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Planet Sound's Magazine's albums of 2002 list". oocities.com/jfences. Archived from the original on 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Kerrang top 100 British rock albums- 19th February 2005". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d ""Comfort In Sound" album sticker". Feeder Anorak fansite. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Q Awards 2003 nominations report". Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ) Entertainment article 25th September 2003. Retrieved 2007-02-12. [dead link]