The Best Of Feeder

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - hugh Fielder

Is it some­thing in the wa­ter com­ing off the Bre­con Bea­cons? How else to ex­plain the longevity of South Wales bands like Feeder and the Man­ics way be­yond the eras that spawned them. Stay­ing true to their be­liefs has cer­tainly helped, cre­at­ing a last­ing bond with their fans.

Feeder never had the po­lit­i­cal dy­namic of the Man­ics but their own home-grown val­ues haven’t changed since their Polythene de­but 20 years ago. They’ve grown up, sur­vived their trau­mas and got bet­ter at what they do.

Like their ear­lier Sin­gles Col­lec­tion a decade back, they haven’t both­ered with chronol­ogy on this three-CD Best Of. In­stead they’ve com­piled a cou­ple of stonk­ing set lists. The first starts with Feel­ing A Mo­ment, Come Back Around and Eskimo while the sec­ond kicks in with We Are

The Peo­ple, Uni­verse Of Life and Idaho.

Polythene re­mains the most com­mon touch­stone with five tracks as they zip around their cat­a­logue. Al­though in­ter­est­ingly

all four tracks from Echo Park are cor­ralled onto the first CD while the four tracks from Silent Cry are con­fined to the sec­ond.

The third CD con­tains nine new tracks with enough force­ful mu­si­cal and lyri­cal hooks to prove that this col­lec­tion is not an epi­taph

More than just a look back.

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