The Felice Brothers
Celebration, Florida - Fat Possum
FILTER Grade: 76%
By Marty Sartini Garner on May 16, 2011
With brother Simone having departed, Ian and James Felice soldier on, infusing their fall-down, soul-struck folk with big-band brass, wooshing synths and lyrics about Oliver Stone and Mike Tyson. While the experiment sometimes fails (see: car-chase chugger “Honda Civic”), closer “River of Jordan” nearly drowns it all out. As the group plows Titus Andronicus’ anxious fury through loamy Catskill dirt, Ian hollers out his mistakes and regrets, sounding like a cigarette-charred Hank Williams at the end of his line.