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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reveal Records
  • ASIN: B006Y27OS4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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SIMONE FELICE makes a triumphant return with the release of his debut album. Formerly of The Duke & The King / Felice Brothers. Features friends from Mumford & Sons 'Each song somehow sounding like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance.' (The Guardian) 'Spellbinding' (Uncut) 'Utterly devastating live.' (Q Magazine)

BBC Review

Former member of New York State folk-rockers The Felice Brothers, chief member of The Duke & the King and published author to boot, Simone Felice has long been associated with a dusty, widescreen Americana that has gathered numerous plaudits for its honesty, literacy and spirit. Striking out under his own name with this record, the result is a sadly mixed bag of songs that often sags under the weight of its own production values.

When Felice hits the sweet spot, though, he does it with aplomb. Hey Bobby Ray opens the record, a striking portrait of physical abuse that swells with strings and an all-female choir from Felice’s hometown, while the piano-led New York Times finds him scanning the front-page news in order to deliver a bleak, bracing meditation on human affairs. Felice is at his best here, offering up impassioned slices of life and injustice shaded by the kind of details that mark him a songwriter with talent to spare.

Which makes it all the more maddening that You & I Belong and Stormy-Eyed Sarah feel hopelessly slight in comparison: both are rendered in smooth, syrupy production that steers them into the middle of the road, and Ballad of Sharon Tate descends into cloying melodrama. Sparse acoustic lament Courtney Love (which commiserates with the beleaguered star) fares little better – a sweet sentiment that feels more like a sketch than a song. Charade is a marked improvement, Felice relating a tale of a lost central character offered salvation via his one true love. "I’ll run my hand through your golden hair," he murmurs repeatedly in bringing the song to a close; one of the more affecting moments on an album that does see him in admittedly fine, quavering voice.

Recorded in various locales, from a London church to an abandoned high school building and a barn near his house in the woods, this self-titled album (which also features a turn from Mumford & Sons and production assistance from that band’s Ben Lovett) is never less than pleasant, but only rarely is it truly memorable. Felice is in possession of some fine gifts; fingers crossed he deploys them a little more convincingly next time.

--James Skinner

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Hickman on 9 April 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD, despite the somewhat lacklustre 3 star review given in my bible (Q magzine!), as I have liked all the Felice Brothers albums. It even sat around a few days before I played it - which turned out to be poor judgement! This album is quite simply sublime. Simone is in wonderful voice, haunting, plaintive and completely honest. Lyrically the writing is first class utilizing that all too rare a skill of letting the listener's imagination fill in the spaces between the lines to complete the story being told. The arrangements are often simple and stripped back but every note has a purpose - not a hint of anything thrown in just for filler - beautiful. Very hard to pick the strongest tracks as there are no duds. Perhaps listen to Hey Bobby Ray, Charade, Dawn Brady's Son and Splendor in the Grass if you are sampling to get a good cross-section feel. Without doubt the best new album I have heard in 2012 (and I have heard MANY!!) and one that leaves an immediate impression on your brain but then just continues to beckon you in further with each play. Highly Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Decade on 4 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
To reassure potential purchasers - there are no lightweight tracks to this album. The whole thing is of an consistently high level, with some standout tracks that genuinely are as good as anyone gets (New York Times, Dawn Brady's Son). Generally, the darker the subject matter the lusher the arrangement, Stormy-Eyed Sarah being an excellent example. And, of course, a voice with the emotional impact of a Neil Young or the much-missed Vic Chesnutt, but with much better technique and timbre.
If you buy a lot of albums, and over the years have generated a collection (or should the collective noun be "burden"?), you will know that only about 5% of them have the kind of consistent strength throughout, and staying power over time, to become personal favourites in the long term, no matter how brightly they may shine initially. You know what I mean - each replay reveals new details and nuances, but, above all, maintains the same intensity of emotional reaction as the first time you heard it. It is too soon to put Simone Felice's album in this category now, but the probabilities for this album's inclusion in my "Top Drawer" short-list seem high already, as it's already the best album I've bought in 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LePipster on 30 Oct. 2012
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What a wonderful album, bought this as had been given concert tickets and wanted to get to know the artist. Simon really puts his soul into his songs. It was only bettered by the live performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nivek on 15 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
All previous reviewers have covered it. I can't pick a favourite but stormy eyed Sarah & what charade is a close contender, but there is definitely not dud or filler on the whole album
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T.Rose on 7 April 2012
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Great debut from former Duke & The King / Felice Brothers Songwriter.

Already getting some lovely reviews such as :

ALBUM OF THE MONTH in UNCUT ****
**** 4/5 MOJO
****.5 /5 THE SUN
**** 4/5 TELEGRAPH
"A CONTENDER FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR" ELECTRIC GHOST..

'Simone Felice has the poetic gifts and fearless aesthetic to rank among the all-time greats, from Cohen to Cave' - The Telegraph

'These are songs of memory and regret, of reminiscence and desire, songs that reflect on love and childhood and Americanness and, more than anything, on time passing... each song somehow sounds like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance' - The Guardian

'Spellbinding' - Uncut

When you sit in a room with Simone Felice you can hear a subtle metallic ticking noise. If you hunt for the source of the sound you'll find a scar bisecting the entire length of his chest, a visceral reminder of the open-heart surgery he was forced to undergo in the summer of 2010 after a childhood congenital defect brought him to the brink of death. Felice's heart is his metronome, his divining rod, and the life source of his self-titled solo debut, set for release on April 2nd, 2012 via Reveal Records.

Former drummer, writer and vocalist of Catskill Mountain troubadours The Felice Brothers, and the creator of folk-soul outfit The Duke & The King, Simone Felice steps into the spotlight to begin his journey as a lone artist, bearing the fruits of a lifetime of song-writing.
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