Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: The Felice Brothers - Yonder is the Clock

The Felice Brothers are three brothers (and two others) from the countryside of New York state.  They bring the heat and passion of a disappearing rural America. Fiddle, banjo and accordion dominate most of the Dylan-esque song,s but this certainly is no retro folk jamboree. Instead the music growls with darkness and even the upbeat songs have an underpinning of tragedy. Vocals are almost pure Dylan, the whole album reminding me of some drunken 70s-era lost tape that had been tucked away in some forgotten corner only to be discovered by accident. Highlights are the mournful 'Buried in Ice', the upbeat 'Run Chicken Run', and the mid-rocker 'Penn Station'. The album is highly recommended and it is also available as a gatefolded 45-RPM double 12" record set.

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