What’s the point in always looking back / when all you see is more and more junk
Everything Must Go honours the wall of sound method of producing. Walls of strings here and there, gigantic guitar riffs storming out, big epic stadium sound. No Surface All Feeling is all about that wall of sound but unlike the rest of EMG, it doesn’t use it in a positive, almost jubilant way (though there is a constant melancholy in the album’s sound). When No Surface All Feeling switches from the quiet verses to the LOUD chorus, the massive guitar walls aren’t about lifting the mood up, they’re all about ache and misery, complementing the bittersweet nature of the lyrics.
No Surface All Feeling is odd in a way that whenever I didn’t hear it for a while, I used to forget how good it really was. It really packs some raw emotional power with it. Nowadays I’m over that silly little absentmindedness and it’s become a rather stellar way to end the album. The re-release remaster gives it an additional, added oomph as well. My favourite bit’s the signature guitar riff though, especially in the very beginning where only it rings in the space.
The outro supposedly contains one of the few recorded studio bits of Richey playing the guitar. Everything Must Go loves its fake endings and outro rockouts, but I think No Surface’s finale’s the best. That echoey filter makes it all pretty snazzy.
There’s a really beautiful acoustic demo version of this on the re-release, featuring some different lyrics too. Then there’s also a full band demo which is pretty similar to the album version, just no outro.