Sound — 9
The third of Feeders Albums after Swim and Polythene, both fantastic albums, and this promised to be just as good. Feeders sounds have evolved since these earlier albums from heavy, grungier sounds to much more melodic, clean music, mostly after the suicide of their drummer Jon Lee. This album however had a mixed bag, it had the clean, chilled out sounds of single 'Yesterday Went Too Soon' and 'Picture Of Perfect Youth', the lively, upbeat sing-a-long songs 'Insomnia' and 'Hole In My Head' and the heavier, distorted sounds of 'Waiting For Changes'. Fantastic mix of genres thrown in which gives the album a lot of variety.
Lyrics — 8
Feeders lyrics are always impressive and delivered with perfection by vocalist Grant Nicholas, hitting the high and low notes flawlessly. No one could replace Grants place as lead singer in the band du to his unique sounds and fantastic songwriting ability. 'Yesterday Went Too Soon' springs to mind again, it was described as the perfect song to listen to in an open top car, wind in your hair just after you've split up with your partner. Couldn't have put it better myself! The song 'Paperfaces' also has some stand out lyrics ('Staring at paperfaces/Expressions like empty pages/Day after day'). There is the odd hiccup though, 'Hole In My Head', even though it is a catchy, upbeat and fun song it's lyrics seem quite weak comparing to the other tracks.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall it is a fantastic album, with a very varied mix of tracks and would be a pretty good start for anyone just getting into Feeder. Even after all these years it still keeps its 'Listenablity' (and I know that isn't a real word, but you get the point). Not able to compete with the likes of 'Comfort In Sound' (The 'Post Jon Lee' album) but is a real advancement from 'Polythene' and 'Swim'. Great album, and the even better thing is you can get it for just 5.99 of the Feeder website (www.feederweb.com).