Best Feeder Albums

The Top TenXW

1Echo Park

Perhaps a cliché as it was their breakthrough album with the hit single "Buck Rogers", but every single song on the album was absolutely brilliant, apart from perhaps "Choke". "Standing On The Edge" is a particular highlight, simply for being one of the most experimental Feeder songs to date, using mostly synthesizers. An album everyone should own.

Recommended:
Standing On The Edge
Buck Rogers
Piece By Piece
Turn
Oxygen

2Silent Cry

Though not quite up there with their best work, it contains some absolutely fantastic tracks, namely "Miss You", "Silent Cry" and "Who's The Enemy"; the latter has a very tense feel, something that would be played during a dramatic scene in a T.V. show/film. If Muse were asked to write a song for Feeder, "Sonorous" would probably be the end result. Tracing Lines is great for a fun listen, too. This album is not a classic, but it certainly has its moments.

Recommended:
Miss You
Silent Cry
Who's The Enemy
Sonorous

3Comfort In Sound

Written with the suicide of drummer Jon Lee fresh in the memory of songwriter Grant Nicholas, this album has a totally different sound to its predecessors. It's softer, mellower sound showed a new side to Feeder, but with no less quality. Songs such as "Just The Way I'm Feeling" and "Forget About Tomorrow" clearly reveal the solemnity of his emotions, however upbeat songs do appear and "Come Back Around" is an absolute belter. The album also has positive themes, "Find The Colour" being an example.

Recommended:
Just The Way I'm Feeling
Come Back Around
Forget About Tomorrow
Find The Colour

4Polythene

This debut album won Metal Hammer's album of the year award...need more be said? Every track reeks of quality, it's just a shame it never sold that well.

Recommended:
Polythene Girl
Cement
High
Descend

5Yesterday Went Too Soon

This album experimented on the sound of Polythene, and is probably one of Feeder's strongest lyrical albums, with themes including sleep deprivation from touring ("Insomnia") and being a teenager who is sick of their job ("Day In Day Out"). On top of that, the title track is absolutely beautiful.

Recommended:
Insomnia
Yesterday Went Too Soon
Day In Day Out
Dry

6Generation Freakshow

The latest album from the band marks a return to form and their best overall album since Comfort In Sound. "Borders" is a straightforward rock song and runs really smoothly, and the result is a trademark Feeder song, doing what they do best. Another highlight is "Sunrise", with possibly their most anthemic chorus since Echo Park's "Buck Rogers". Not their best work, but far from their worst. It is the most 'Feeder' sounding album they've ever released, combining everything that makes them who they are. "Oh My" has an intro similar to that of "Crash" off of Polythene, whereas songs such as "Children Of The Sun" are reminiscent of the Comfort In Sound era. "Headstrong" also proves that they can still really rock. This album also contains the first track written as a tribute to Jon Lee, "Hey Johnny". Released 10 years on from his death, the timing was perfect.

Recommended:
Oh My
Borders
Sunrise
Headstrong
Children Of The Sun

7Swim

Their first ever commercial release - The Two Colours EP was only sold at gigs - they haven't released anything quite like it since. It's grungier and yet...still very Feeder. Many of these tracks are popular requests at modern day Feeder songs, and if you want to know how it all started, buy this EP. It is rather good.

Recommended:
Sweet 16
Stereo World
W.I.T
Shade

8Renegades

I would call this Feeder's Marmite album...it split fans like no other. Some loved the band's heavier sound, as they attempted to go back to their roots and compose songs easily played as just a three-piece. Others were just confused and were not fans of the album at all. I find that the first half of the album is much stronger than the second, with the first four tracks in particular being fantastic. I also like "City In A Rut" and "The End". Though far from their best, the decision to do this album was incredibly brave and I really respect them for it. Besides, it's not a bad album. Bravo lads.

Recommended:
White Lines
Call Out
Renegades
The End

9Picture of Perfect Youth

A quality compilation of a selection of their b-sides, the sheer amount on this album just shows you how much songwriting Grant does. Of course, most of the songs aren't quite as good as their album material. However, it does contain some absolute gems such as Emily, Rubberband and Can't Dance To Disco. On top of that there is a fantastic cover of The Police's Can't Stand Losing You, as well as a slight remix of a Feeder classic, Just A Day.

Recommended:
Emily
Can't Stand Losing You
Just A Day (Alan Moulder Mix)
Rubberband
Can't Dance To Disco

10Seven Sleepers

The Contenders

11Pushing the Senses

Though it is so low down, it contains what is possibly Feeder's best song, "Feeling A Moment". A continuation of Comfort In Sound, it again explores similar lyrical themes. Unfortunately, apart from the exceptions of "Feeling A Moment" and the title track, a lot of the album is just not up to the quality of their other work; it becomes boring and repetitive, particularly the final three tracks. Had Echo allowed the song Shatter to be added to the album it would have been placed a lot higher up.

Recommended:
Feeling A Moment
Tender
Pushing The Senses
Frequency
Morning Life

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