Echo Park review by Feeder

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  • Released: Apr 23, 2001
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (15 votes)
Feeder: Echo Park

Sound — 10
This was an interesting twist coming off of Echo Park, where Feeder had focused on music that would interest the general public. Comfort In Sound was slowed down and drawn out, but by no means in any way worse Echo Park. Comfort in Sound showed a return to a calm, mellow sound that Feeder was known for. The music was still upbeat, but there was a greater attempt to make the instruments part of the actual song instead of just backing for the lyrics. There were also some amazing in-song rhythmic changes, which demonstrated a musical ability not seen from Feeder before.

Lyrics — 8
Most people found the lyrics a let down on this album, but I disagree. There was definitely a change from what Feeder normally did, but it seemed a progression. There was a push to do different things, just as they did with their sound. Of course, their singer can actually sing, making life easier to mold the music and lyrics together. The only problem I found with this album was something I saw the exact opposite of in previous albums. In all other albums the music was molded to fit the lyrics, but in Comfort In Sound the lyrics were fitted around the music. This gave a broad, sweeping voice that occasionally didn't make sense, and was used as a filler.

Overall Impression — 10
There was no problem with the album, and it probably should have been bigger than it actually was. It's become a fact that Feeder will never grow popular state side, but the album was just as good as Echo Park, and it was surprising that it was not very popular in the UK. Part of the problem with Comfort In Sound was that all of the songs blended together. They were not all the same song, but the songs together told a story. Although the music is nothing alike Queens Of The Stone Age, Comfort In Sound showed the same problem as QOTSA's Songs For The Deaf, the songs were too interrelated for only a couple to become singles.

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