The Felice Brothers - Yonder Is The Clock

The Felice Brothers - Yonder Is The Clock
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 7 reviews
2009 Rank: #81 / 554
USER SCORE
71
Based on
3 ratings

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80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

It’s easy to see why Conor Oberst fell for The Felice Brothers, picking them up for release on his fledgling Team Love imprint in much the same way Two Gallants found a home on Saddle Creek some years ago. As with that band, these Catskill natives mine fields riddled with Americana staples: murder, love, death and betrayal all contemplated against a backdrop of desolate train stations and dilapidated freighters, Coney Island beaches and New England winters. Taking its name from a Mark Twain passage, Yonder Is The Clock bleeds the kind of folksy sincerity that could so easily fall flat. It doesn’t endear itself with immediate effect, either. Rough-hewn to the point of occasional sloppiness, haunted by the spectre of The Band (Ian Felice’s smoky rasp bearing an uncanny resemblance to that of a certain Bob Dylan), and a touch overlong, it nevertheless emerges an utterly compelling whole.

50
PopMatters
PopMatters

Roots rock. It’s a genre in which creation is so helplessly intertwined with imitation by definition. And so a band like the Felice Brothers , as steeped in revivalism as anyone this side of the Hold Steady , becomes tragically hard to appreciate on its own merits.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: April 7, 2009
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Team Love
GENRE: Folk
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Track List
  1. The Big Surprise
  2. Penn Station
  3. Buried in Ice
  4. Chicken Wire
  5. Ambulance Man
  6. Sailor Song
  7. Katie Dear
  8. Run Chicken Run
  9. All When We Were Young
  10. Boy from Lawrence County
  11. Memphis Flu
  12. Cooperstown
  13. Rise and Shine
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