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Celebration, Florida

Celebration, Florida by The Felice Brothers
Released: May 2011
Label: Fat Possum Records
All those early comparisons to Basement Tapes-era Bob Dylan and The Band die a violent death by the end of "Fire At the Pageant," Celebration, Florida's opening track. This is, quite obviously, The Felice Brothers' art-rock album. Their scratchy, circus-flavored Americana and folk is still present, but it's now submerged in post-modern experimentalism: moody drone, stabbing synths, mysterious sound collage and even a dance beat or two. Though many longtime fans will have a hard time dealing, The Felice Brothers have always been a little too eccentric for ears that crave orthodox roots-rock.
Justin Farrar

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