Life in the Dark

The Felice Brothers - Life in the Dark
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #585 / 770
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Based on 11 ratings
June 24, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Yep Roc / Label
Americana, Folk Rock / Genres
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The Guardian
Their Dylanesque Americana – all wheezing accordion, fiddles and folk tales about forgotten bandits – occasionally conjures up the atmosphere of a heady barn dance. But this rustic, deceptively homely backdrop provides a clever vehicle for songs that subtly but powerfully address the suddenly shakier foundations of Trump-era America.

In peeling things back to the band’s core, Life In The Dark makes good on both the band’s adherence to a timeless folk sound and their own eccentricities, which shine more clearly than ever as captivating strengths.

American Songwriter

On Life In The Dark, the Felice Brothers continue their decade-plus quest of chronicling our crooked national pathologies with quirky humor, slacker indifference and guarded folkie optimism.


Given how good the Felices are at what they do, fans are still likely to enjoy Life in the Dark's rambling take on American roots music, but casual observers might find their minds wandering by the time the album makes it into its final innings.

The Felice Brothers have been listening to too much of Bob Dylan’s country-inspired records.
Consequence of Sound
Though they’ve got more folk/country cred than anyone from the Mumford & Sons school of songwriting, The Felice Brothers seem out of their depth here, reveling in tired imagery and pretending to make it fresh by changing just a few small details.
The Brothers, isolated in their own, aging land of country-folk, habituate to gather around the fire in the evening and tell their stories, but who is paying attention?
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Track List

  1. Aerosol Ball
  2. Jack at the Asylum
  3. Life in the Dark
  4. Triumph ‘73
  5. Plunder
  6. Sally!
  7. Diamond Bell
  8. Dancing on the Wing
  9. Sell the House
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