Comfort in Sound

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Comfort in Sound
ComfortinSound.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 October 2002
Recorded2002
Genre
Length48:04
LabelEcho
Producer
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
  5. "Comfort in Sound"
    Released: 6 December 2003

Comfort in Sound is the fourth studio album by the Welsh 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 506,127 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 Takano, including a picture per song for four of these only, each with a lyrical extract. The first three of these were released as singles from the album, all in their order of appearance in the booklet, which led 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.

In February 2017, Comfort in Sound was inducted into Virgin Radio's "Classic Albums Vault".[1]

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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars link
BBC Manchester(9/10) link
Contactmusic(Positive) link
Entertainment Ireland4/5 stars link
The Guardian3/5 stars link
The Fly(Positive)
iAfrica.com4.5/5 stars link
Kerrang!5/5 stars
Metal Hammer(Positive)
Music Scene4/5 stars link
Music Week(Positive)
Planet Sound(8/10)
Q4/5 stars
RTÉ Online3/5 stars link[permanent dead link]
Rock Sound(Positive)
Rockzone(B+) link
The Times(Positive)

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 early 2005: in total, it spent 36 weeks in the top 75. As of October 2016, it has sold over 506,000 copies.[2]

"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.

Accolades[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • "Best Album" at the 2003 Q Magazine Awards.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Grant Nicholas.

No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 6
Irish Albums Chart 27
Japanese Albums Chart 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vote "Comfort in Sound" into the Virgin Classic Vault!". feeder.rocks and Virgin Radio (UK) Twitter handle. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  2. ^ Jones, Alan (14 October 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Green Day claim top spot with Revolution Radio". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 27 November 2016. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  3. ^ "Q Magazine's albums of 2002 list". q4music.com. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Planet Sound's Magazine's albums of 2002 list". oocities.com/jfences. Archived from the original on 26 January 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  5. ^ "Kerrang top 100 British rock albums- 19th February 2005". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d ""Comfort In Sound" album sticker". Feeder Anorak fansite. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  7. ^ "Q Awards 2003 nominations report". Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ) Entertainment article 25th September 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2007.[dead link]