on 10 October 2003
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.
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...Great pop outsider music that remains one of my favourite albums; the crop of Felt reissues are a joy, though people should note that the Denim and Go Kart Mozart records are also well worth owning (& then there's a rumoured solo record that's been described as Lawrence's Blood on the Tracks!). Felt are cult heroes & probably the Velvet Underground/Big Star of their respective decade; & at this price this is screaming good value!
on 18 August 2012
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!