Yesterday Went Too Soon

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Yesterday Went Too Soon
Yesterday Went Too Soon (album).jpg
Studio album by Feeder
Released August 30, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Alternative rock, post-Britpop
Length 57:19
Label Echo
Producer Feeder
Feeder chronology
Polythene
(1997)
Yesterday Went Too Soon
(1999)
Echo Park
(2001)
Singles from Yesterday Went Too Soon
  1. "Day In Day Out"
    Released: 22 March 1999
  2. "Insomnia"
    Released: 1999
  3. "Yesterday Went Too Soon"
    Released: 9 August 1999
  4. "Paperfaces"
    Released: 20 November 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Hammer (10/10)[citation needed]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]
FHM 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Front 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Select 3/5 stars[citation needed]
Melody Maker 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Rock Sound 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Maxim (Positive)[citation needed]
Loaded (Positive)[citation needed]

Yesterday Went Too Soon is the second full-length album by the British rock band Feeder. It was released on August 30, 1999 on The Echo Label.

The album entered the UK charts at #8, after a decent amount of critical success. The title track gave them their first top 20 single, and the album would in total give the band 4 top 50 hits. Its critical and cult appeal including slots on Top of the Pops for the first time, enabled the album to aid the band's breakthrough which was completed on the follow-up Echo Park.

The album gained a Silver certification in April 2001, shortly before the release of breakthrough album Echo Park,[2] and then went Gold in March 2003 after the extended commercial recognition of Comfort In Sound,[3] thus making the album an overdue commercial success sales-wise.

Despite the band's American breakthrough with single "High" and extensive touring in the States, Yesterday Went Too Soon was never released in the US. Promotional copies of the album were released by the band's former US label Elektra, but they would ultimately turn down the album for distribution.

Charts and sales[edit]

When the album was released, the band's reputation was on the rise and it entered the UK albums chart at number eight,[4] which was at the time an unexpected chart position for the band.[5] Before that, the band had released the album's first single, "Day In Day Out", in March 1999 which charted at #31 followed by "Insomnia" at #22, resulting in their first appearance on Top of the Pops.[4][6] A week before the album's release, the band played the main stage of the Reading and Leeds festivals, while the title track from the album was at #20 in the singles chart. The album was then released on 30 August 1999. Only one single was lifted from the album after its release, in which a re-recorded version of "Paperfaces" charted at #41.[4]

The album was Melody Maker's #24 album of 1999,[7] while Metal Hammer placed the album in at #6 and Kerrang! ranked it at #16.[8][9]

Background[edit]

The album was written and recorded during and before the band's US tour of 1998. Before they left the UK, some demos were recorded with a few completed into final recordings, with some of these featuring on their single "Suffocate" as B-sides. "Dry" on CD2 of the single was later made into a full band version, as opposed to the acoustic recording found on the single.

There were plans to make this a double album, as a total of at least thirty songs were recorded with a view of appearing on the album. When recording was wrapped with the tracklist organised, the album's release was delayed as frontman Grant Nicholas wrote and recorded more songs with his bandmates afterwards, with them all feeling they were too good to leave off the record.

Accolades[edit]

  • #6 on Metal Hammer's 1999 list (the highest placing from a UK act that year).[10]
  • #24 on Melody Maker's 1999 list.[11]
  • #16 on Kerrang's 1999 list.[12]
  • #73 in Kerrang! magazines "Top 100 British Rock Albums of All Time" list.[13]
  • Maxim and Loaded's- "Album of The Month".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Grant Nicholas

No. Title Length
1. "Anaesthetic"   3:50
2. "Insomnia"   2:54
3. "Picture of Perfect Youth"   3:46
4. "Yesterday Went Too Soon"   4:20
5. "Waiting For Changes"   2:44
6. "Radioman"   3:37
7. "Day In Day Out"   3:39
8. "Tinsel Town"   4:29
9. "You're My Evergreen"   3:24
10. "Dry"   4:24
11. "Hole in My Head" (omitted from Japanese pressings) 2:58
12. "So Well"   4:03
13. "Paperfaces" ("Paperfaces" ends at 4:28, hidden track "Bubblehead" starts at 9:25, "Bubblehead" omitted from bonus track versions) 13:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Grant Nicholas - guitar, vocals, keyboards on "Dry"
  • Taka Hirose - bass guitar
  • Jon Henry Lee - drums, percussion
  • Audrey Riley - string arrangements on "Yesterday Went Too Soon" and "Dry"
  • Matt Sime - engineering
  • Andy Wallace - mixing
  • Al Clay - mixing on "Yesterday Went Too Soon" and "Hole in my Head", additional engineering on "Hole in my Head"
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Rick Guest - photography

UK chart performance[edit]

UK Album Chart
Week 01 02 03
Position
8
24
43

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallucci, Michael. Yesterday Went Too Soon at AllMusic
  2. ^ FeederWeb
  3. ^ BPI searchable database
  4. ^ a b c "Chart Stats - UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive - Feeder". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  5. ^ ""Maker Shakers"- Melody Maker article". feederscrapbook.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  6. ^ Pete Seaton and Richard Down. (2006). The Kaleidoscope British Television Music & Variety Guide II : Top Pop 1964 - 2006. Kaleidoscope Publishing. ISBN 978-1-900203-27-2.
  7. ^ "Melody Maker yearly albums lists". rocklist.net. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Metal Hammer yearly albums lists". rocklist.net. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Kerrang! yearly albums lists". rocklist.net. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  10. ^ Metal Hammers Top 20 Albums of 1999
  11. ^ Melody Maker's Albums of 1999
  12. ^ Kerrang!'s Albums of 1999
  13. ^ Kerrang!'s "Top 100 British Albums of All Time"- February 2005
  14. ^ Yesterday Went Too Soon 1999 press advert