The Feelies albums

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2017

In Between (4.5 / 5)

            There are some bands you get into after years and years of listening to music, that really don’t make much sense upon first listens. This band is like that, as their influences at first seem to be obvious but once you really listen there are layers and layers of subtlety to dig out. Do all their songs sound the same or is it just that they have that distinctive of a sound? The Feelies have been around for forty years now, and their music still works because it is timeless and simple. Beyond that, it feels simultaneously daring and effortless as well, and songs like “Stay the Course” or “Pass the Time” prove by sounding exactly like something that could have come off of 1986’s The Good Earth. “Time Will Tell”, creeping in toward the end of the album, is one of the greatest folk/rock jangles to ever come along by any group.

            For The Feelies, patience is a virtue as they move at their own pace and make you wait for the big payoff. Every record they have made since the 1980s has depicted stillness as a mood, whether is it being up mellow and remaining on the same three chords on the peaceful “When to Go”, or playing it ferociously busy and distorted such as album closer “In Between(reprise).” They make it seem so easy to make great music and every time they release an album it is a blessing. They will never get into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but they are always waiting for discovery to the true fans of music.

Best Songs: Time Will Tell, In Between Reprise, Stay the Course, When To Go