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Feeder - The Singles

Feeder, The Singles

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

IT IS a fitting tribute to Feeder’s determination to triumph against adversity that the band is now in a position to deliver a 20-track Greatest Hits compilation – and a cracking one at that.

When they first released their debut album in 1997 many didn’t rate their chances of success, describing the three-piece (unfairly) as a run-of-the-mill indie band.

The suicide of founding member, Jon Lee, also placed a huge question mark over their ability to last.

But their fans encouraged them to continue and frontman Grant Nicolas and bassist Taka Hirose continued playing as Feeder, delivering two cracking albums in the form of Comfort In Sound and Pushing The Senses.

Today, they remain one of Wales’ best-loved exports, capable of delivering brash, technicolour indie-pop songs that positively reverberate with energy and enthusiasm.

This singles collection therefore provides an appropriate point from which to look back and savour the story so far – from early hits such as High (still a shimmering piece of excellence) and Insomnia to their breakthrough hit Buck Rogers, which still sounds as fresh today as it did when first listened to.

Indeed, Buck Rogers marked the point at which Feeder graduated from merely promising to bold, brash and effortlessly crowd-pleasing. There can’t be a festival-goer among us who hasn’t, at some point, sang along to that inimitable first line of ‘he’s got a brand new car, looks like a Jaguar!’

Sadly, rather than providing the trio with the immediate springboard everyone expected, the band was rocked by the suicide of drummer Lee at his Miami home in January 2002.

With many predicting the end, however, Feeder came back stronger than ever and their success (which continues to go from strength to strength) is a tribute to their strength of character and undoubted talent.

Comfort in Sound, their 2002 release, spawned the elegaic anthems Just The Way I’m Feeling and the epic Forget About Tomorrow, with its sweeping chorus and almighty strings. With this album, Nicolas and Hirose proved that they were more than capable of mixing the almighty crowd-pleasers with some genuine moments of heartfelt poignancy.

Subsequent hits have included Tender, Tumble & Fall and Pushing The Senses – tracks that hit home with some glorious melodies, rousing guitar riffs and delicate piano loops.

More recently, Shatter became a successful addition to the Nightwatch film soundtrack (thanks again to fan support), while most recent single, Lost & Found showed that Feeder continue to go about their business with the utmost enthusiasm.

With a further two new tracks for fans to savour, The Singles is truly a fantastic collection of songs from one of the UK’s best rock bands. Let’s hope the ensuing nine years finds Feeder entertaining us just as capably as this.

Track listing:

  1. Come Back Around
  2. Buck Rogers
  3. Shatter
  4. Just The Way I’m Feeling
  5. Lost And Found
  6. Just A Day
  7. High
  8. Comfort In Sound
  9. Feeling A Moment
  10. Burn The Bridges
  11. Tumble And Fall
  12. Forget About Tomorrow
  13. Tender
  14. Pushing The Senses
  15. Save Us
  16. Seven Days In The Sun
  17. Insomnia
  18. Turn
  19. Yesterday Went Too Soon
  20. Suffocate