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The Felice Brothers

31 Jan. 2013 | Format: MP3

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4:06
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4:02
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4:57
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4:51
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4:03
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3:40
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4:08
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4:41
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3:49
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5:44
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3:51
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5:22
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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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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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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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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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Brilliant. Not a weak track on the album. THE band to watch out for! The maturity gained since their debut album has in no way affected their beautiful raw sound which remains!
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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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