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Forever Breathes The Lonely Word

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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 31:42

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The definitive Felt record

Tunemeister

Every Felt record has at least some great moments on it, but I'd have to say that this is their masterpiece. Odd as it may sound, I honestly believe that they were the best band in the world when they put this out, and I think they even realized it. The whole record is triumphant sounding, fueled by spirited drums and organ fills. The first four tracks are bright and optimistic, while the second half of the record is darker and more haunting. There are those who just can't get into Felt because of Lawrence's vocals, so that would be my only flag here. You'll know right away if that's a problem for you. For me, this is one of the top records of the 1980s.

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Essential

Aguirre

Why are so many people obsessed with putting bands into lists, who gives a f***. This album is quite simply one of the best there is from any band in any year just download it and be amazed you've never heard about the album or band before.

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you could be right

music4thesoul

to my shame I had totally forgotten about Felt but now I am pleased to be reminded what a great band they were. Somewhere I have a copy of this album but I fear it has been "borrowed" nice to have it back - just like a old friend. The snowplayrazor keanechiefs should listen to all of Felt's albums and realise what they all have yet to achieve.

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Best album of the 80's anyone?

Paul.B

A long lost classic that in a fair and just world would have propelled Felt into the mainstream. Even U.K teen pop magazine Smash Hits championed it's brilliance on release in 1986, and it hasn't dated a bit in 20+ years. Calling this 80's indie pop just doesn't do it justice. This is Felt at their most accessible, where guitars, hammond organ and harmonies intertwine over drop-dead gorgeous tunes. They hit sky-scraping peaks on 'Rain of Crystal Spires' and 'Grey Streets' but this is a consistently great record where every track is essential.

They Say All Music Guide

Words like “shimmering” and “jangling” seem like such rock clichés, but if any guitars ever deserved the term, those on Forever Breathes the Lonely Word certainly do. The album is almost too perfect a pop masterpiece — upbeat, succinct, and wildly catchy — with the only out-of-place element being Lawrence Hayward’s Tom Verlaine-esque vocals. That’s not a drawback, though — the imperfect vocals give the album just the kick it needs to stand apart from the rest of the flock (much like their contemporaries, the Smiths, come to think of it). It may be overstating the case to say that the album laid the groundwork for a lot of pop music that followed, but the sound was certainly influential in certain quarters, and considering the success of some of those followers, the fact that this album wasn’t a hit may be all the proof you need of the injustices of the music industry. – Sean Carruthers

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