The Beginning

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Count Features among the new generation of bands influenced by the Elephant 6collective; in essence, their music reflects and reconfigures a strain of classicist pop that was itself already a house of mirrors drawing on the British Invasion, sunshine pop, and more esoteric cult obsessions. Like fellow neo-revisionists the Shins, Features draw upon the basic E6 sound -- indelible melodies, lush arrangements, and clever harmonies -- but smooth out the approach with a cleaner, sharper production and tighter, more focused songcraft; over the course of just five songs and 15 minutes, The Beginning covers an impressive swath of ground, from the Elvis Costello-esque "Walk You ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Count Features among the new generation of bands influenced by the Elephant 6collective; in essence, their music reflects and reconfigures a strain of classicist pop that was itself already a house of mirrors drawing on the British Invasion, sunshine pop, and more esoteric cult obsessions. Like fellow neo-revisionists the Shins, Features draw upon the basic E6 sound -- indelible melodies, lush arrangements, and clever harmonies -- but smooth out the approach with a cleaner, sharper production and tighter, more focused songcraft; over the course of just five songs and 15 minutes, The Beginning covers an impressive swath of ground, from the Elvis Costello-esque "Walk You Home" to the Ray Davies-like "Bumble Bee." The title track even evokes Cloudland-era Pere Ubu. Meanwhile, the lyrics consistently conjure images of childbirth and new life -- and as concept records go, give Features credit for restricting theirs to EP length.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 602498618219
  • Catalog Number: 000208802
  • Sales rank: 272,770

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Features Primary Artist
Roger Dabbs Group Member
Rollum Haas Group Member
Parrish Yaw Group Member
Technical Credits
Brian Carter Producer
Craig Krampf Producer
Glenn Meadows Mastering
Howie Weinberg Mastering
The Features Producer
Mike McCarthy Producer, Engineer
Brian Owen Bottcher Producer, String Arrangements
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