michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — THE FEELIES

In album review on 02/22/2011 at 10:37 am

THE FEELIES

Here Before

(Bar/None)

Eighties indie rockers the Feelies were kinda like their era’s Vampire Weekend: brainy, rhythmic, and just a tad too clever at times. Not much has changed on their first album in 19 years (and fifth overall). They still sound like a more flexible version of the Velvet Underground, and they still come off like the most melodic know-it-alls on campus. Here Before is loaded with the casually strummed jangles that launched hundreds of indie bands back in the day. The first two tracks, “Nobody Knows” and “Should Be Gone,” could be leftovers from their 1980 debut (and still best) album, Crazy Rhythms. If the music on Here Before doesn’t sound as innovative as it did 30 years ago, it’s mostly because so many bands have picked up on their sound since then. Not too crazy, but way rhythmic.

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  1. Could you please inform me how you reviewed a Feelies album that hasn’t been released yet? It’s not April 12th yet. Two songs have been issued. No More — Nor leaked? Are you a svengali magician or a keen insider? Or just a BS maestro?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Advance copies are sent out to music press for review. I, myself, am listening to the album right now, and am going to be writing up a review for a music publication. The April date is the date it goes on sale to the public.

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