Celebration, Florida - The Felice Brothers
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  • Summary: The New York folk-rock quintet drop their eighth album of roots rock and Americana, tinged with a country sound that combines the use of electronic-based instrumentation.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 91
    The folk-rockers magnificently expand their musical palette, finding space for punch horns, Floyd-ian sonic weirdness and even Audrey Hepburn samples. [13 May 2011, p. 63]
  2. May 10, 2011
    Celebration, Florida is the band's full-on Tom Waits apocalypse record, finding signs of our imminent destruction in-what else?-our most banal diversions.
  3. May 10, 2011
    Plenty of bands try to re-create Bob Dylan's mid-'60s apex, but Celebration, Florida sounds like it's conjuring Dylan's mid-'70s Rolling Thunder Revue period.
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    The Felice Brothers return bigger, better and full of surprises on their fourth UK release. [July 2011, p. 120]
  5. May 25, 2011
    An engaging diversion down a road which might be worth investigating further.
  6. Jun 10, 2011
    The Felice Brothers are not what they used to be. The band has grown, and not all of the growing pains are pretty. Some of the tracks on the new album, such as the dirge "Dallas" and the plodding "River Jordan", could use some of Simone's energetic drumming.
  7. Jun 8, 2011
    The new sounds end up grating against the vocals, which will always sound whiskey-soaked, and playing against the band's strengths. [May 2011, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 11, 2011
    This album is an incredible achievement. I have not been this entertained by music in awhile. Don't get me wrong, there have been some great albums recently (Helplessness Blues comes to mind), but I enjoyed every track on this album, never knowing what to expect next. Great music! Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2012
    A great Album. They have expanded their sound to include digital effects and a more modern approach while maintaining that Band/Dylan hybrid that has formed the basis of their sound. The music is still complex and chaotic and the subject matter is quirky and interesting. Even better live. Just buy it! Expand
  3. May 26, 2012
    This is definitely a great album. After seeing these guys for the very first time, I bought this CD. The drum machine sometimes seems to be more of a crutch than a springboard to me. However, I do believe they are carving out some sort of new musical territory with this album in an Ok Computer way, breaking free of their own existing boundaries, and creating something new from an original formula. Expand