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Polythene [CD]

Feeder Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Echo
  • ASIN: B00000K3ZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Polythene Girl
2. My Perfect Day
3. Cement
4. High
5. Crash
6. Radiation
7. Suffocate
8. Descend
9. Stereo World
10. Change
11. Tangerine
12. Forgive
13. 20th Century Trip

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Feeder's full-length debut album, Polythene, didn't set the charts alight when it was released in 1997, but it did make quite an impression on the always popular "angst-ridden-teen" market. A successful fusion of metal and indie music, what really sets Polythene apart is Feeder's underlying melodicism. Like Therapy? and the Smashing Pumpkins before them, this young trio have a good idea about what makes great pop music. Tracks like "Polythene Girl", "My Perfect Day" and "Tangerine" have enough heavy guitars to please the teenage fanbase that is their bread and butter, yet are still bright and catchy enough to please pop fans. Meanwhile, it's testament to the inherent unjustness of the universe that the album's highlight, "High", didn't take up near-permanent residency at the top of the UK charts when it was released as a single. --Robert Burrow

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album - brilliant! 11 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was Feeder's first proper full album, and what a debut. The album opens with the quirky 'Polythene Girl' which can't fail to make you grin. Then it's into 'My Perfect Day', another great catchy tune. It's this catchy aspect of Feeder's music, that have given it the 'pop' label - something which I'm not going to defend because they're brilliant tunes! 'Cement' and 'Crash' are fairly simple, but executed to perfection. 'High' was later added to the album after it became a fan's favourite, was released as a single, and gave Feeder their first big break. The anthem uses just 3 chords, but yet still stirs up emotions inside of me, as do 'Radiation', 'Change' and 'Descend'. These songs rock hard, but have a flavour of Grant Nicholas's emotions in them too, which make me tingle. Suffocate is an acoustic track, which is truly beautful.
Feeder fans have debated long and hard over which album is better, Polythene or Yesterday Went Too Soon. In my opinion, whereas Yesterday Went Too Soon has been recorded to precision, Polythene rocks hard but still with feeling, to make it the better album, and one of my favourites. I'd definately recommend this album to Indie or Rock fans out there - give it a chance, it's not all CD players, players, players, players, players...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When Feeder were a 'serious' band... 28 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
This first full-length album after their EP Swim, Polythene is surely a must for any Feeder fan who has not yet got it in their collection.

At this point I think it is important to clarify the meaning of the title. It is not an intimation that Feeder have declined since this early work. No, it merely reflects how much more angst ridden Grant et al appeared to be in their early days. Much of this album is quite dark (you only need to look at the track titles) but don't worry that's not to say you will fall yourself into a pit of despair upon listening to them!

I have seen Feeder live 7 times and can testify that many of Feeder's greatest live tracks come from this album. High is probably the original anthem these lads produced and its quality is matched by the all the tracks within the opening 5 on the album.

The album as a whole is rawer than later albums. The middle patch of the album is a little weaker than the superb opening due to its dirgy feeling but this should not detract from the uplifting and energetic opening of the tracks that kick off the album. Also I think it is unfortunate for the later tracks which pick up where track 5 left off but sometimes get neglected due to interest waning in the middle.
Here is a quick summary of the individual tracks based on their relative worth.

1. Polythene - vibrant, energetic track with chugging guitars over which Nicholas's vocals chortle then attack! (7/10)
2. My Perfect Day - dreamy with a hypnotic intensity during the verses and bridges which breaks into a stirring chorus (9/10)

3. Cement - Upbeat contrast to previous track that deals with the frustrations of love (8//10)
4. High - Feeder anthem! A great song with a memorable chorus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missing from your collection!! 16 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was Feeder's first album proper after the mini-album "Swim" was released. This album boasts Feeders live sound to the extreme and was by no wondering that this was Metal Hammer magazines album of the year in 1997.
This version of the album contains a slightly different tracklisting and unfairly dismisses "Waterfall" from the original release that charted at No90 (this one got No63), but don't let that put you off!, as the newest track on here titled "High" which was Feeder's first bona-fide hit reaching No24, will without doubt be a treat to your ears once you hear it, and you'll be wanting to hear this beauty time and time again!!.
As for the rest of the album, it is full of heavy guitar energy and blasting riffs, which made me reach for the air guitar and then the real thing!!, and I hope it does the same for you too!!!. One for anybodys collection, and had Jon Lee's drumming energy written all over it:), not forgetting the lyrical and guitar playing genius of Grant Nicholas, and the skilful bass playing of Taka Hirose!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something they just never repeated... 5 May 2012
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Firstly, I'll admit that this review is slightly subjective, with this and all the other early Feeder releases having huge personal significance for me. It was my entrance into the world of music: we never had Sky, but my grandma does and when I was 7 years old she used to look after me when my parents had to work overtime - I used to channel hop with the best of them, and I turned on a music channel. I couldn't believe what I was seeing; three long-haired guys with loud guitars and a bath of oranges...the video for 'Tangerine'. Something happened to me, I HAD to buy this, whatever it was. I saved up my 1 a week pocket money and my mum took me to Virgin Megastores, as it was then. After being called 'little dude' by the shop assistant, I began searching for the single by the as yet unknown band; ten minutes later, I noticed a purple cover with an orange in the middle - a band called Feeder. I was convinced this was the one and handed over my 2.99 for the CD. I saved up and bought 'Polythene' soon after and began collecting all the other singles, and the mini-album 'Swim'. Though I've digressed (or is that regressed?) into the realms of 'classic rock' and 'prog', I still hold this album and its surrounding releases in high regard. Opening with 'Polythene Girl' though slightly different to the first pressing, what we have is a delightfully nonsensical rock anthem; much the same for 'Cement' and 'Tangerine'. Crushing debut single 'Stereo World' however, spoke and speaks to me about the will to escape the drudgery of the everyday into music - the heavy swirl of the verses juxtaposing the dream-away chorus. Fundamentally, this album emphasises how strong a singer Grant Nicholas was in those early days - like Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, he could howl like a banshee and sing like an angel. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feeder CD album
I have bought a few CD Albums by Feeder and this is another one for the collection. I have found most of the tracks good and enjoyed listening to it.
Published 1 month ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school feeder
One of the best feeder albums. Every feeder fan should own it. High is one of there best songs done by them.
Published 4 months ago by Mr Steven J Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeders Best Work - By A Country Mile.
I remember buying this album around the time when it was released as a young teenager having been blown away by hearing Cement and Crash on the radio, and to this day it is still... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DM
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I can't believe I have only just bought this album (I own all Feeder's others) but I think I missed it first time round, discovering Feeder later. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs A C
5.0 out of 5 stars ha ha this is the ****!!!!!!
so then this where it all began then really(not including the mini album).
and i for one think this is the best,and the most consistent,the other albums are all very... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2007 by ben_jekyll
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning first album
picking up on the success of Debut EP/Mini album 'Swim', Feeder released Polythene. from the opening quirkyness of 'Polythene Girl' to the final oddity that is '20th century trip',... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2005 by "greecemonkey666"
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic feeder
I bought polythene after buying comfort in sound and becoming slightly obsessed with feeder. At first I was slightly cynical about feeders earlier works, but once I had listened to... Read more
Published on 14 April 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Signs of genius, but the best Feeder came later
Not too dissimilar to Swim - heavy, dark and below average. My perfect day, High and Radiation stand out. Change is nice. Other than that I can't recommend it. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Swim
I can easily pick out the good tracks on this album and discard the rubbish ones. Polythene girl after a few listens is just annoying, whereas My perfect day is brillant. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2004 by "ben_23"
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Expected...
Being a fan of post Buck Rogers Feeder, I wasn't sure if I'd like anything pre-Echo Park. But as YWTS was good, I decided to invest in Polythene. And I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2003 by Soundchaser
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