The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
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  • Summary: The folk rock band from upstate New York formed by three brothers and their friend releases its first studio album in the US.
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  1. It sounds timeless, yet tossed-off. Best of all, it's a real blast, just like messing around with your drinking buddies (rock legends or not) should be.
  2. 80
    Rowdy, vivid, moving and playful, The Felice Brothers is just glorious.
  3. The songs on this album work together (sometimes roughly, sometimes smoothly) as sketches and vignettes to form an overall artistically thematic picture of the world in which we live. The brothers paint this picture so starkly with gritty hyper-realism that the songs will not and do not appeal to the greater audience of folk music that is still deriving its voice from the love songs of Simon and Garfunkel and Jackson Browne.
  4. 80
    The Bros' songs mostly rollick on witrh the agreeably vaudevillian bonhomie of The Band, when not essaying gloom with swooningly lachrymose balladry. [June 2008, p.114]
  5. 70
    The Felice Brothers aspire to the weird, woozy vibe of the Band's "The Basement Tapes," and often approach it. [Apr 2008, p.96]
  6. When the band puts it all together, they've got a sound all their own--and it's a good one, too. [Spring 2008, p.85]
  7. Overall, this is a solid disc which shows potential, but the Felice Brothers aren’t quite there yet.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. drunkenstepdaddad
    Oct 3, 2008
    10
    Holy ghost revialists. go to a show, get baptized again, you won't regret it. on oberst's label, i think and a good fit. bring a flask.
  2. markk
    May 24, 2008
    10
    This is flat out the best album released thus far this year. only boo! by was not was comes close. forget all the references to dylan and the This is flat out the best album released thus far this year. only boo! by was not was comes close. forget all the references to dylan and the band. they are true. these are minstrels first and musicians second. they make phenomenal music and are a refreshing treat to the ears. critics ....quit being so snarky!! Expand
  3. stevens
    Jun 11, 2008
    9
    Comes off best in live environment, but these witty, literate, whiskey soaked, gritty brothers have, in spades, the real deal magic.
  4. titam
    May 25, 2008
    5
    Well, even the voice tries to be dylan... they managed to copy the sound, but not the magic. Sorry.