Brutal and mocking but always there
B-sides tend to sometimes foreshadow what the band’s up to in their future albums. Comfort Comes is the proto-The Holy Bible track.
The claustrophobic rage, masses of Richey-penned angstlyrics, James’ quirky singing and the generally dark and twisted mood are all shared traits between this and Holy Bible. The large difference is that this has a certain playfulness to it. The shoutalong chorus and particularly its final a cappella line are an oddly giddy, twistedly cheery counterpoint to the firm and aggressively pressing verse. You don’t get that in The Holy Bible, outside Sculpture of Man but that’s a b-side.
Comfort Comes is somewhat of a classic b-side because of its Bible-esque nature in the Gold Against the Soul era, but it’s a classic also because of the sheer quality. It’s oddly fun. Twisted and creepy, but fun.