Forever Breathes the Lonely Word

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Forever Breathes the Lonely Word
Studio album by Felt
Released September 1986
Recorded Woodbine Street Recording Studios, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop, jangle pop
Length 31:45
Label Creation
Producer John A. Rivers
Felt chronology
Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death
Forever Breathes the Lonely Word
Poem of the River
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME (favourable)[2]
Record Mirror 5/5 stars[3]

Forever Breathes the Lonely Word is the sixth album by English alternative rock band Felt, released in 1986. This is the first Felt album with no instrumental tracks. The cover photo subject is keyboardist Martin Duffy.

The record features Duffy's organ alongside two guitars, one sometimes played by Lawrence. The organ is foregrounded in the mix and creates a vastly new sound for the band.

In a 2011 NME feature, Hamish MacBain said of the album that "Lawrence delivered his masterpiece," and described it as "the first truly classic Creation album."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lawrence.

  1. "Rain of Crystal Spires" – 3:54
  2. "Down but Not Yet Out" – 3:37
  3. "September Lady" – 3:44
  4. "Grey Streets" – 3:46
  5. "All the People I Like Are Those That Are Dead" – 5:10
  6. "Gather up Your Wings and Fly" – 3:54
  7. "A Wave Crashed on Rocks" – 2:54
  8. "Hours of Darkness Have Changed My Mind" – 4:46


Additional personnel
  • Tony Willé – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
  • Sarah & Yvonne – backing vocals
  • John A. Rivers – production, backing vocals