Prolific folk and country-rock outfit The Felice Brothers return with yet another studio album, Undress. Now in the second decade of their existence and having spent a lot of their career in introspection, their latest record sees the group turn outwards and address the political tumult around them.
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‘Undress’ by The Felice Brothers is an album that is, at times, biting and heart-felt. There are some songs that I really like. The lyrics on ‘Special Announcement’ are really good, a back-handed comment on the hold that money has on presidential campaigns.
This album at times reminds me of Dylan at his most bombastic, with singer Ian Felice’s voice possessing a certain nasal tone similar to the man himself. My favourite song from 'Undress' is ‘Nail It On The First Try’. It has some gorgeous accordion and the way Felice sings ‘I’ve never been so scared in my life’ sounds a lot like Grant Lee Philips at his most yearning. Clocking in at just over two minutes, this track really suits the succinctness. This track proves that The Felice Brothers do quiet and meandering much better than they do chunky saloon-stompers. I’d love to hear a whole album of more stripped-back stuff like ‘Poor Blind Birds’, ‘Nail It On The First Try’, or ‘Hometown Hero’.
They’ve got too much tenderness to bother with rockers like ‘Salvation Army Girl’. There's some lapses into country cliche on this album but songs like 'Nail It On The First Try' prove they've got lots more in their locker. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.
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