Failure - Comfort 12 inch
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Mixed reviews abound with this album. Some prefer the later material which has a much glossier production, and the songs really matured later as well. The charm of "Comfort" (Failure's debut album) is its rough edges, and the starkness works well here, particularly with the production work of Steve Albini. Songs take on drastic shifts in density and retain a brooding, ominous tone that crawls into a place in my brain that no other band can occupy. The dominant lyrical theme in Failure songs is a liminal space somewhere in between a drugged stupor and sleep. Ken Andrews' abstract musings sound soothing over the solid yet smooth walls of guitars, and songs take twists and turns into shadowy rooms you usually see only in dreams.