The Felice Brothers: Celebration, Florida – review


The Felice Brothers have evolved since their last release proper, 2009's Yonder Is the Clock. Recorded in an old school in upstate New York, Celebration, Florida has the acoustic warmth you might expect, but also washes of synths, and rhythms built of sub-bass and odd bits of found sound. Opener "Fire at the Pageant" has a playground chant chorus while "Back in the Dancehalls" backs pretty fiddle with strange beats; it shouldn't all hang together but it does, by dint of songwriting and charisma. Single "Ponzi" is a queasy, sleazy narrative; "Dallas", with its yodelled country chorus, and "Best I Ever Had" are standouts.


Molloy Woodcraft

The GuardianTramp

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