The Felice Brothers from the album Undress available on Yep Roc Records (by Bryant Liggett)
The Felice Brothers kick off their first album in three years with a song about trying to even the playing field. The opening cut, and title track, on Undressimplores Republicans, Democrats and everyone Undecided in between to undress with the summons ‘even the evangelicals, yeah you, lighten up, undress’. It is a simple plea coming across via a horn driven groove to perhaps reveal by using universal nakedness as a model that we are all not that different. It’s a solid opening to another equally sturdy Felice Brothers record.
“Special Announcement” has a drunken sing-a-long vibe that becomes a mission statement for someone who is ‘saving up my money, to be president’ with a campaign full of political promises that include putting Charlie Parker on the $10 bill. “Nail it on the First Try” is a short tune with a Gospel vibe that kicks into the punchy/punky “Salvation Army Girl” while both “The Kid” and “Hometown Hero” are heartbreaking and somber tales of coming back home to heartache. “Jack Reminiscing” is a bouncy, piano driven cut, “Days of Our Years” is loaded with lyrical details that rolls like life passing before its character’s eyes. The Felice Brothers cover some ground, sad ballads rubbing up against bouncy Roots Rock with boogie piano as they traverse through lyrical Springsteen-esque territory while camping out with Pavement, all while turning the great pastime of people watching into singing out what they see. (by Bryant Liggett)
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