The Comforts Of Madness

2CD £10.99
  • SKU: 4AD0159CDX
  • UPC: 0191400015920
  • Release Date: 17 January 2020


Label Review. 

1990 debut album remastered with 15 bonus tracks: Unreleased demos and their one Peel Session from 1989. Also available on Vinyl and Double Vinyl

Our Overview. 

On the eve of a post-Thatcherite Britain, the Pale Saints, alongside the likes of Lush, Ride and Slowdive, were ushering in a new wave of British indie. They found in 4AD a perfect home for their music - an exciting and undeniable meld of noise and dream-pop.

Their debut album, ‘The Comforts Of Madness’, didn’t disappoint, now standing as one of the best of its era. Pitchfork placed it in their Best 50 Shoegaze Albums Of All Time, saying, “There’s a restless urgency, particularly when the volume swells and the rhythms intensify. That energy not only keeps [it] vital, it emphasizes Pale Saints’ inventiveness, how they channelled softness and rage into something distinctive.”


Disc 1: Way The World Is / You Tear The World In Two / Sea of Sound / True Coming Dream / Little Hammer / Insubstantial / A Deep Sleep For Steven / Language of Flowers / Fell From The Sun / Sight Of You / Time Thief

Disc 2: Sight Of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version) / Way The World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / Language of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / You Tear The World In Two (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / Fell From The Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / A Deep Sleep For Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / Sea of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) / She Rides The Waves (John Peel Show Version) / You Tear The World In Two (John Peel Show Version) / Way The World Is (John Peel Show Version) / Time Thief (John Peel Show Version)