Feeder
Yesterday Went Too Soon


4.5
superb

Review

by Lee Bradbury USER (6 Reviews)
May 15th, 2009 | 3 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Feeder's most overlooked album proves to be their best.

In 1999, Newport rockers Feeder released Yesterday Went Too Soon, the follow-up to their heavy, grunge-influenced Polythene debut. In the two years that had followed Polythene, however, Feeder had matured.

The album starts with Anaesthetic, which at first sounds like a mish-mash of the Cement and Stereo World riffs from the previous album. However, suddenly the chorus arrives, and all volume drops. While Anaesthetic is a somewhat repetitive and banal song on its own, it is a suitable opener, and lays down themes that the rest of the album will follow.

The first theme is the smart lyrics from Grant Nicholas. The lyrics can convey a broad range of feelings, and can make you laugh, cry, think, or go nuts. While not the most complex, the lyrics can certainly be deep, and this is evident in the title track, which in itself is an album highlight.

Lost another week
Feeling like a leper in a world of vanity
It's killing me today, addiction pulls you down you know
And she's the drug I need


The next theme would be the blend of loud and soft. There are songs on here that are unrelenting fist-pumpers, such as Hole In My Head and the brilliant Insomnia, and there are the mellower, laid-back cruisers, such as the superb closer, Paperfaces. To sum up the contrast, Paperfaces contains a hidden song, Bubblehead, which is loud, and not much else.

However, the album does have a few small negatives. Songs like Radioman and Dry never really stand out, while some of the heavier songs, most notably Waiting For Changes and Hole In My Head sound somewhat similar, even if they are good songs.

So what about the album's highlights? Songs such as Insomnia and You're My Evergreen are great rockalongs, and to be honest, all of the more upbeat songs are good in some form or another. However, the introverted, slower songs such as So Well and Paperfaces, while far less frequent on the album, tend to steal the show. The album's golden track would have to be the title track; a song desperately reaching out for what once was, but never quite grabbing it, and as a result wishing everything could just be easier. It has smart lyrics as mentioned earlier, some decent orchestration and is somewhat more three-dimensional than some of the songs on here (Day In Day Out).

This album is probably Feeder's most balanced. It chugs along at a good pace and keeps the listener interested with good track placements and Feeder's trademark catchy-as-sin hooks and riffs. It contains a mix of the old, and what was to come (but mainly more of the old), and the band had matured since their debut. Needless to say, this is probably Feeder's best album.



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robin
Emeritus
May 15th 2009


4258 Comments


agreed, this is defientely feeder's best album.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2009


7401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dont have this album but everything Ive heard from it is great, I'll get it eventually. Band is really good live too.

xfearbefore
February 10th 2012


1246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Insomnia" is so awesome. Glad I finally got around to listening to these guys, just the kind of late 90s post-grunge alternative kick I was looking for.

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