Feeder – Silent Cry is also available as: Silent Cry (Deluxe Edition) – the 6th album from the Welsh indie-rock outfit.
Recorded and produced by the band themselves, with assistance from long time friend and once touring member Matt Sime. The album sees Grant Nicholas, Taka Hirose and Co. return to the sound that graced their early releases, Swim and Polythene.
Indeed recent dates to run the album out saw some early songs in the set. The album is the usual mix of heavy guitars and anthemic songwriting, while to my mind, creating their most accomplished recording to date.
Having put the troubles of the past behind them (namely the untimely death of drummer Jon Lee, and the subsequent more dour but none the less excellent recording Yesterday Went Too Soon), Silent Cry sees the band back at their Arena filling rock anthem best.
Having been around since 1992 and with a string of 20, yes 20 Chart singles all of which on hearing are instantly recognisable. It is quite a miracle, or a cruel blow of fate whichever way you look at it that the band are not much more of a household name, perhaps it is the unassuming nature of Grant and Taka, perhaps the shadow cast by other stadium bands of the same era like Coldplay, but my feeling is it suits them!
First single ‘We Are The People’ seen here courtesy of YouTube…
… kicks the album off and will one day join the legion of other Feeder – Singles on another greatest hits album.
‘Itsumo’ has a great guitar hook, a little bit of reverb and echo on the vocals brings back the feeling of some early tracks but when everything kicks in you can see a small but significant step forwards.
‘Miss You’ rattles along at a pace that wouldn’t put the Foo Fighters to shame and another great guitar riff is to be found on ‘Tracing Lines’.
Title track ‘Silent Cry’ starts and you think that you are in for the inevitable ballad but in the first minute you understand the format, soft bit, loud bit… and some more great guitar work.
‘Fires’ another big song with a big sound, and what’s this? Some backing vocals….
‘Heads Held High’ a slow starter that builds, ’8:18′ a ‘Buck Rogers’ style track, ‘Whos The Enemy’, the short ‘Space’ and ‘Into The Blue’ are followed by the huge sound of ‘Guided By A Voice’ and it’s great vocal hook. You can imagine the crowd at Reading Festival screaming along to this one!
And then the magnificent ‘Sonorous’ with it’s massive crescendos finishes the album off, unless you have the Silent Cry (Deluxe Edition) in which case you get bonus tracks ‘Yeah, Yeah’ and ‘Every Minute’.
Back to their best. If you get a chance to see them at a festival this year get yourself along, this album is Crying out (see what I did there? Clever eh?) for a huge sing along audience.
Alternatively an Autumn tour is planned with around 25 dates in a city near you!