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Forever Breathes The Lonely Word

Felt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0000BZO2I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Primitive Painters 10 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to the people at Creation Records and vocalist Laurence Felt's recorded output is all being reissued on CD. With guitarist Maurice Deebank in tow the band produced some wonderful pieces of music but then he left the band and many thought that would be the end, but the exact opposite happened.

This is my favorite Felt album. This and Poem of the River are my favourite pieces of Felt music. It is almost ambient in its delivery. Martin Duffy's Hammond organ is prevalent throughout. This was a band at the peak of their creative musical powers. This should have been their breakthrough into the mainstream. If you love bands like the Go-Betweens/House of Love you will find this irresistable. Producer John A Rivers worked with many bands of the Felt era, remember Bradford? But this piece of work was his masterpiece. Turn the lights off, put the headphones on and listen, you will not be disappointed. As the previous reviewer has pointed out, Felt came up with some great songtitles but the music contained within maintained a very rare quality - good songwriting never dies, it just never sells commercially. If you only own one Felt album make sure it is this one. There is a timeless quality about it. For the singles you can buy 'Stains on a Decade', but be prepared to listen to some of the most joyful music of the 1980s.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Felt album, reissued once more! 18 Sep 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
I missed most of the 1980s really, catching the tail end between The Mission & A Guy Called Gerald- however, I fell in love with Felt when I heard a reissue of the classic Primitive Painters single (you know the one with them Cocteau Twins on) & the compilation of the time, Absolute Classic Masterpieces. Having been working in a record shop I had bought loads of stuff & hadn't got round to listening to it- browsing through the piles I found an album with a cover that was very 4AD. This was the 1990 Creation reissue of 1986's Forever Breathes the Lonely Word. Now Cherry Red are re-releasing Felt's back catalogue, as well as a new compilation that provides an ideal introduction to the joys of Felt...
There are a few bands that Felt sound a BIT like, though it's more than other way round, but if you're world includes things like Blue Orchids, Belle&Sebastian, Television, Only Ones, The Fall, Pulp,Go Betweens, Josef K, Luke Haines, & Furniture etc...then it's big enough to appreicate the joys of Felt.
Every track remains a joy, fans of both hammond organs and Martin Duffy (Primal Scream/Charlatans)should also have a ball. Felt had some of the best TITLES alone, as with Mark E and The Smiths the songs were as good. The highlight here remains 'All of the People I Like Are Those That Are Dead', which ties in with Felt existing in a decade that mainman Lawrence loathed (further credence is given by Lawrence's next project Denim, that referenced 70s and 90s music!). & the songs sentiments have been fairly real with people like Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash, Billy Mackenzie & Adrian Borland passing...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh wow wow wow 18 Aug 2012
By Hud
Format:Audio CD
From the sublime Wave Crashed on Rocks, Rain of Crystal Spires to September Lady....every song an ode for wistful teenagers and 20'somethings looking forward into the future and wondering what it hold...

... and if todays chart music does nothing for you

... then Felt will delight you and make you feel as if you are the only person in the entire universe!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the bands I like are those that are dead 27 July 2005
By Brent Black - Published on Amazon.com
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This album figures by most, to be Felt's crowning achievement. It is the second LP released in 1986, after the instrumental Let The Snakes Crinkle Themselves to Death. The lineup features the keyboard playing of Martin Duffy, who fills in for the recently departed second guitarist Maurice Deebank to stunning effect. His whirling & churning organ effects provide an excellent accompaniment to these beautiful, more fully melodied songs, over which Lawrence sings & provides a more understated guitar counterpoint. It is in my opinion Felt's most perfect release.

If you're buying the Felt re-issues, this release is #6. Like the rest, it comes in a thin cardboard jacket with minimal artwork & no liner notes, & which usually include only a single B&W picture of Lawrence on the interior gatefold, although in this instance there are color pictures of Lawrence & Duffy. As an overall effect, I like what they have done with the packaging, although I tend to prefer the uniformity of a standard Jewel case for releases which I collect. Forever Breathes The Lonely Word is a great place to start. It is Felt's The Queen Is Dead.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 9 Feb 2008
By Lypo Suck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Swirling, dizzying, shimmering: words used repeatedly when describing the music of Felt or their likeminded contemporaries. But few albums are as deserving of these descriptors as this. First, some background: after lead guitarist Maurice Deebank's acrimonious departure, Felt's future seemed slightly uncertain given Deebank's crucial role in their sound with his detailed, highly melodic playing. Interesting but comparatively insubstantial releases following Deebank's departure, like the all instrumental "Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death," confounded this. Rather than replace Deebank with a similarly flowery and intricate lead guitarist guitarist, singer/guitarist/leader Lawrence Hayward essentially cast recent recruit Martin Duffy's deft Hammond organ playing in the lead light to fill the void.

"Forever Breathes" is an extremely unified, cohesive, concise pop vision, with nary a dud to be found. The arrangements vary little from song to song, yet each track stands out with its own particular mood, ranging from lush and haunting (the gorgeous "September Lady") to manic and surging ("Grey Streets"). Shimmering, clear, jewel-like guitars meld with rich, Hammond organ, all soaked in reverb, forming a dizzying, swirling sonic mesh. Yup, those words really are unavoidable here. The abundant melodies are elegant yet somewhat understated. Although there are shades of the 60s (specifically, Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan filtered through Pet Sounds' reverb chamber), the sound is still very much Felt's. Producer John A. Rivers gives them a brighter sound than on the darker, more brooding earlier efforts he produced. It's still drenched in atmosphere, but rather than make you feel like you're under water, it's more like sailing atop dense clusters of wind-strewn clouds.

This is Felt's strongest post-Deebank, Creation-era recording, and it best represents what Felt was about in the later half of their career. Felt's Cherry Red years tend to be more consistently rewarding, but this is one of *the* albums to shoot for first if you're new to the band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Felt's best 1 Sep 2006
By Nuno Leal Da Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Even though musically i prefer Felt's first albums, they rock more and are more psychadelic but this one has reached Pop Olympus, a kind of Eden only Smiths and other few bands had reached. I think this was the album Lawrence always searched for, the lyrics are among his best and the guitars (with a little help of Tony Willé) too. And I say that even tough there is a really strong hammon Martin Duffy presence, the spicy pop hammond that made Felt went away from 77 Television to somewhere in 66.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album from the 80's underground 29 Nov 2011
By Dave Juras - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is truly a gem. Felt sounds somewhat like Bob Dylan singing lead vocals for the Smiths. Mono-tone, almost spoken voice on top of melodic, beautifully twangy guitars, smart arrangements rounded out with a happy organ and poetic lyrics. The highlight of Felt's career came when they partnered with the Cocteau Twins to produce the gothic, lush "Primitive Painters" from the Ignite the Seven Cannons album. Although they were extremely prolific and had as much eloquence as Joy Division, they never fully caught on....forever lost in the 80's underground. Forever Breathes The Lonely Word, in my opinion, was their greatest and most accessible work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 28 Sep 2009
By great horse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the most perfect records ever made! The fact that this is obscure and unknown says something very negative about the music business and the current state of music.
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