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Forever Breathes the Lonely Word Import

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Full title - Forever Breathes The Lonely Word. 2003 reissue of the band's sixth album, originally released on Creation in 1986. The first album to feature the keyboard skills of Martin Duffy (Primal Scream) Lawrence. Eight tracks packaged in a paper sleeve. Cherry Red Records.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
  2. Rain Of Crystal Spires
  3. Down But Not Yet Out
  4. September Lady
  5. Grey Streets
  6. All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
  7. Gather Up Your Wings And Fly
  8. Wave Crashed On Rocks
  9. Hours Of Darkness Have Changed My Mind

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2003)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red UK
  • ASIN: B0000BZO2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brent Black on July 27, 2005
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This album figures by most, to be Felt's crowning achievement. It is the second LP released in 1986, after the instrumental Let The Snakes Crinkle Themselves to Death. The lineup features the keyboard playing of Martin Duffy, who fills in for the recently departed second guitarist Maurice Deebank to stunning effect. His whirling & churning organ effects provide an excellent accompaniment to these beautiful, more fully melodied songs, over which Lawrence sings & provides a more understated guitar counterpoint. It is in my opinion Felt's most perfect release.

If you're buying the Felt re-issues, this release is #6. Like the rest, it comes in a thin cardboard jacket with minimal artwork & no liner notes, & which usually include only a single B&W picture of Lawrence on the interior gatefold, although in this instance there are color pictures of Lawrence & Duffy. As an overall effect, I like what they have done with the packaging, although I tend to prefer the uniformity of a standard Jewel case for releases which I collect. Forever Breathes The Lonely Word is a great place to start. It is Felt's The Queen Is Dead.
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Swirling, dizzying, shimmering: words used repeatedly when describing the music of Felt or their likeminded contemporaries. But few albums are as deserving of these descriptors as this. First, some background: after lead guitarist Maurice Deebank's acrimonious departure, Felt's future seemed slightly uncertain given Deebank's crucial role in their sound with his detailed, highly melodic playing. Interesting but comparatively insubstantial releases following Deebank's departure, like the all instrumental "Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death," confounded this. Rather than replace Deebank with a similarly flowery and intricate lead guitarist guitarist, singer/guitarist/leader Lawrence Hayward essentially cast recent recruit Martin Duffy's deft Hammond organ playing in the lead light to fill the void.

"Forever Breathes" is an extremely unified, cohesive, concise pop vision, with nary a dud to be found. The arrangements vary little from song to song, yet each track stands out with its own particular mood, ranging from lush and haunting (the gorgeous "September Lady") to manic and surging ("Grey Streets"). Shimmering, clear, jewel-like guitars meld with rich, Hammond organ, all soaked in reverb, forming a dizzying, swirling sonic mesh. Yup, those words really are unavoidable here. The abundant melodies are elegant yet somewhat understated. Although there are shades of the 60s (specifically, Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan filtered through Pet Sounds' reverb chamber), the sound is still very much Felt's. Producer John A. Rivers gives them a brighter sound than on the darker, more brooding earlier efforts he produced. It's still drenched in atmosphere, but rather than make you feel like you're under water, it's more like sailing atop dense clusters of wind-strewn clouds.
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This album is truly a gem. Felt sounds somewhat like Bob Dylan singing lead vocals for the Smiths. Mono-tone, almost spoken voice on top of melodic, beautifully twangy guitars, smart arrangements rounded out with a happy organ and poetic lyrics. The highlight of Felt's career came when they partnered with the Cocteau Twins to produce the gothic, lush "Primitive Painters" from the Ignite the Seven Cannons album. Although they were extremely prolific and had as much eloquence as Joy Division, they never fully caught on....forever lost in the 80's underground. Forever Breathes The Lonely Word, in my opinion, was their greatest and most accessible work.
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