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The Felice Brothers are a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends(all in their twenties). They are self-taught - not one of them played an instrument prior to the band’s inception in 2006 when they started busking in New York City subway stations. The Felice Brothers have released three full-length albums. The majority of their work was recorded in a converted chicken ... Read more in Amazon's The Felice Brothers Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Loose Music
  • ASIN: B00133FBBG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hailing from upstate New York's Catskills Mountains, the Felice Brothers look like their entire approach was based on staring long and hard at the Band's second album cover: Beards, white shirts, hats and ill-fitting suits. The comparisons to Big Pink/Basement-era Dylan are also inevitable. Yet this second album proper from the three siblings and their bass player Christmas (an ex-travelling dice player, apparently) is so chock full of whiskey-soaked, ramshackle bonhomie that it'd be a hard-hearted music critic indeed who didn't succumb to the charms contained therein. The group have somehow taken Americana and wrung out some more good times. It's time to visit the bar again!

With most of the numbers croaked out by brother Ian, whose vocal chords draw most of the Zimmerman comparisons, this is a collection of songs that are equal parts travelogue, shaggy dog story, drunken lament and filched traditional fare. They're all captured in gloriously scratchy lo-fi (complete with ambient chat, phone conversations and other audio verite) as befits a band whose last recordings were supposedly completed in a chicken coup on a two-track. And while their first album, Tonight At The Arizona, was a little too same-y when digested in one sitting, this is a much more varied feast.

Like Dylan, their self-mythologising puts them not in the modern age, but somewhere in the early part of the last century. Jaunty, piano-led ballads like Greatest Show On Earth or Take This Bread are lifted by parping brass and rollicking choruses, like a night out in a riverfront bar, filled with unfaithful women and gun-toting men (guns are mentioned in just about every song) bent on drunken revenge. Elsewhere the waltz time of Ruby Mae approaches a Tom Waits-like pathos. Whiskey In My Whiskey sounds like a murder ballad that's centuries old.

Yet all these tales are shot through with a red-eyed humour that sounds as authentic as their beards. This is how they manage to convince the listener. Frankie's Gun! With it's truck driving narrative and wheezing accordion is particularly hilarious. Rather than some studious authenticity, they sound like they're just having a good time. And that's just about the only recommendation you need to seek out this fine album! --Chris Jones

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marley's Ghost on 29 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is music that comes out of the soil. With a mix of styles ranging across the east coast of America via the Florida Everglades, through to New Orleans and back into the Catskill Mountains, the music also seems to acknowledge its roots in English and Irish folk, and there's the odd whiff of salt air as they veer almost towards sea chanteys.

Some have compared them to Dylan and The Band especially with some of the phrasing and the cadence of the songs. But if you can call up some video's on YouTube then you can see that the lead singer's perfomance is perfectly natural and his voice just happens to sound like Dylan rather than being an affectation. And for me The Band were a lot slicker and on the "soul" side of affairs, whereas The Felice Brothers are more slapdash and rustic. And I mean that in a good way.

There is a range of tempo's, and on tracks like "Frankie's Gun" just try not to sing along. But it's in the ballads that they really show their strength.

Lyrically this is dark stuff with seemingly a murder around every corner, but there are some delightful touches, such as on "Don't wake the scarecrow", a reprise of the subject matter Springsteen touched on in "Candy's Room". In particular I loved "In that cold room your breath would twist just like ghosts do" hinting at far more than the the words actually say.

Somehow they have produced a an album of warmth and great fun, but at the same time having great depth and sadness.

Hopefully these first two albums are the beginnings of a long career for the band (the three eldest sons of a carpenter and an "adopted" brother who was a professional dice player). Hopefully they'll not let the undoubted success that they deserve go to their heads.

My current favourite band.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Herr Doktor on 15 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although these guys have adopted the hairy bearded look of the Band and occasionally sound Dylanesque they stamp their own identity firmly on this disc - a set of 15 songs without a dud to be found. Tales of the old and new West predominate as evoked in titles like Frankie's Gun, Whiskey in my Whiskey and Helen Fry. In a strange way the sound evokes not just alt-country legends like Green on Red but also the swirling organ and heavy back beat of the Wailers at their best. This is an outstanding collection which rewards repeated listening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Journey of the giant on 5 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
This lot are easily the best new band I have heard for years. Following on from a debut record (Tonight At The Arizona) that i thought they couldn't possibly match, this album proves me wrong. Highlights are Love Me Tenderly, Greatest Show On Earth and Ruby Mae. As exhilarating and raw as it gets, love it..buy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M on 14 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having already bought both Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes this year and been slightly disappointed I purchased this CD with a little trepidation. The music papers have hyped both the former to a level where they should become instant classics...but the Felice Brothers seemed to slip under the radar getting goo reviews but no more.

But hey! since first sticking the CD in the car stereo I haven't been able to take it out. OK on first listen I did think there was a Dylan fixation...but now I don't even detect it...it is the sound of the Felice Bros..

'Helen Fry' is a great track and does sound very much like an early Green on Red track with loads of organ in the background and 'Scarecrow' is a dark tale that you really need to listen to.

Only downside...track 4..why is it so quiet? it is impossible to hear when driving.

My advice then is...if you want a good slice of American music this year that you can drive around singing at the top of your voice...ignore Fleet Foxes and buy this...you won't be dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Black Box on 18 Feb. 2009
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This is a quite splendid album, the kind that only comes along every 3-4 years or so, the kind that re-ignites your interest in music when you thought all was lost, the kind that for a while seems nothing short of perfection. It really is that good.

Let's get the criticisms out of the way first. There really is nothing new here - yes it does sound like a Dylan and the Band pastiche in places - but when has this ever been a bad thing? The playing is also very loose, even slapdash, but this is also part of the appeal -it all feels very natural, very right, like the band just sat down and played the songs through for their own pleasure, and hey, somebody recorded it! This is so refreshingly different in the era of ProTools (though no doubt it was subtly tweaked).

The great strength of the album is undoubtedly the quality of the songwriting. The songs have a timeless quality which makes you think even on first playing that you've heard them before, and Ian Felice is a lyric writer on this evidence to rival Dylan or even Morrissey's mastery of the humourous couplet. It's one big grin from start to finish basically, and I love it.

Picking stand-outs is difficult, but I do like Frankie's Gun, Wonderful Life, and the rather strange Helen Fry. This track has a different vibe to the rest of the album - more Burlesque than Band - a sort of Tom Waits plays Howard Devoto plays The Specials early Eighties melodrama, splendid stuff.

Anyway, there it is - a life affirming, one to keep, top drawer record, easily, easily the best thing released in 2008. Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, for all their strengths, are not even close. Buy two copies because you'll want to give one to your best friend.
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