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Pale SaintsThe Comforts Of Madness

Label:4AD – cad 0002 cd
CD, Album
Style:Indie Rock, Shoegaze


1Way The World Is2:40
2You Tear The World In Two3:01
3Sea Of Sound5:51
4True Coming Dream2:29
5Little Hammer2:17
7A Deep Sleep For Steven3:43
8Language Of Flowers2:54
9Fell From The Sun
Written-ByK. Smith*
10Sight Of You5:37
11Time Thief3:27

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℗ & © 1990

Tracks 1 to 3, 5, 9, 10: produced and engineered at Blackwing Studios.
Track 9 originally recorded by Opal.
Copyright Control
Made in England

Thanks to: Ashley Horner, Mr. Heslop, Robert Lee, Jeff Craft, Mrs. Burniston, all at 4AD, Henry, Richard Formby, Mike Stout, Edsel Auctioneer.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 014436 000225
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5014436000225
  • Matrix / Runout: CAD 0002 CD · MASTERED BY NIMBUS

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Comforts Of Madness (LP, Album)4ADcad 0002UK1990
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The Comforts Of Madness (LP, Album)4ADcad 0002Belgium1990
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The Comforts Of Madness (CD, Album)4ADcad 0002 cdBelgium1990
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The Comforts Of Madness (Cassette, Album)4ADCAD C 0002UK1990
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The Comforts Of Madness (LP, Album)4AD, Rough TradeL1-343, RTD 140Germany1990


beautyendecay's avatar
Oh man what an album. Glad to see via the comments it’s not a lost gem as many have taken it to their hearts. It is however definitely underrated. I love some of the changes in the songs from sounding quite sinister to something altogether more uplifting in a space of a few seconds. A very unusual and original sounding album whilst taking influence from its day from noisy shoegaze to jangly Manchester. A wonderful achievement. Still one of my favourites in my collection.
danse_macabre's avatar
This is the first release for 4AD in 1990, yet the catalogue nr. starts with CAD0002.
Does anyone know, what happened to (AD)0001 or why this is nr. 2 in 1990?
Pancho_Ramone's avatar
Edited 2 years ago
I think this album's somewhat unsung nature comes from the fact that it's slightly miscategorized. Rather than your normal shoegaze fare it's more along the lines of something a Wedding Present/Black Tambourine/Sarah Records type jangly twee pop band wouldve done after getting their chamomile tea spiked with some LSD. Whichever way you slice it it's a rainy day classic.
harakeric69's avatar
speaking of classic : dreamy and creative exuberance silently psychedelic *****
darkwave's avatar
To this day, "The Comforts of Madness" remains one of my favorite albums. There are shoegaze bands who sold more records, who got more press in NME & Melody Maker, and who are more frequently cited as influences on contemporary bands, but let's not sell the Pale Saints short. You would be hard pressed to find a more cohesive shoegaze album from start to finish. A treasure of the 4AD catalog!