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2 reviews »It took The Feelies 6 years to follow up 'Crazy Rhythms' and following half the band leaving and various side projects (Yung Wu, The Willies, The Trypes) they re-converged with a new line up and a sound that owed a bit more to the college rock as purveyed by the likes of REM (whose Peter Buck co -produced). Yet still The Feelies have a wonderfully distinctive sound. 'The Good Earth' is a much more ... »

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The Good Earth by The Feelies
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9/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 September 2009
It took The Feelies 6 years to follow up 'Crazy Rhythms' and following half the band leaving and various side projects (Yung Wu, The Willies, The Trypes) they re-converged with a new line up and a sound that owed a bit more to the college rock as purveyed by the likes of REM (whose Peter Buck co -produced). Yet still The Feelies have a wonderfully distinctive sound. 'The Good Earth' is a much more laid back pastoral affair - the playing is less nervy and the melodies much richer and more embellishments such as pianos and percussion. If 'Crazy Rhythms' was the sound of teenagers high on caffeine (or something stronger) manically strumming in a New York basement, 'The Good Earth' was the sound of grown up people playing music they love. Once again The Velvet Underground loom large over the sound - 3 or 4 chords are just enough - the vocals this time are way buried in the mix giving the album a mysterious almost murky feel rather like REM circa 'Fables of the Reconstruction' but with a much more simple, heartfelt aesthetic and lack of pretension. 'The Good Earth' doesn't hit the heights of their debut, being more linear and more predictable, yet even on this offering The Feelies should be counted alongside Felt and The Go Betweens and as one of the great unsung '80's bands.

9/10 Basket Press Customer review, 22nd June 2014

The missing link between The Velvets and Yo La Tengo...

I caught up with this one late, despite the Peter Buck connection, but am very glad I did.

It looks back to the poppier end of The Velvets and forwards to the one-band-history-of-popular-music of Yo La Tengo.

Lovely, fluid rhythm guitar playing, matched by the rhythm section, with melodic lead lines floating above. The vocals are low in the mix, rendering them more as another instrument or texture.

Wonderful, not a second wasted.




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