Celebration, Florida

Celebration, Florida

by The Felice Brothers


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Celebration, Florida

Celebration, Florida is a planned community just a stone's throw from the Walt Disney World theme park that was initially developed by the Disney corporation as an experiment in moving the corporate brand into the ultimate in lifestyle marketing. The 11 stories that comprise the Felice Brothers' fifth album (and first for Fat Possum) don't deal explicitly with life in Celebration, even though the town gives the album its title, but the name does seem appropriate for a collection of tunes in which things don't always seem to match their surfaces or expectations. Celebration, Florida finds the Felice Brothers moving gracefully but deliberately from the organic, folk-oriented sound of their early work; while the eclecticism and stylistic wanderlust of the Band is still a touchstone, the hip-hop-influenced rhythms and found sounds of "Found at the Pageant" and "Ponzi," and the electronic textures in "Back in the Dancehalls" (which also includes a lyrical nod the Geto Boys) show the group isn't shy about adding new colors to their palette, but even though this album may sound different, the aim remains very much the same, as do the Felice Brothers' strengths. The homey surrealism of the lyrics conjures powerful images while letting obscurity work in their favor ("Cus's Catskill Gym" may be the first rock song to find something genuinely tragic in the story of Mike Tyson), and Ian Felice's Dylanesque vocals sound well-worn but expert and eloquent at the same time, finding valuable details in the nooks and crannies of the songs. The group plays with impressive ensemble abilities, the pieces fitting together like a well-designed jigsaw puzzle, and if this isn't a band of virtuosos, they've learned how to shape their sounds to their own purposes with impressive results. And the crashing dynamics and fiery conclusion of "River Jordan" suggest the Felice Brothers could be evolving into Upstate New York's answer to Thee Silver Mount Zion Orchestra. Celebration, Florida is a brave step forward for the Felice Brothers, but one taken with care and confidence, and it's a powerful achievement from a talented and genuinely important band.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981124629
catalogNumber: 1246
Rank: 280133

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Felice Brothers   Primary Artist
Malcolm Cecil   Synthesizer
Larry Moses   Trumpet
Peter Buettner   Tenor Saxophone
Greg Farley   Group Member
Jeremy Backofen   Drums,Background Vocals
Ian Felice   Group Member
Simone Felice   Background Vocals
James Felice   Group Member
Evan Williams   Voices
Nick Kinsey   Drums
Dean Jones   Trombone
Kimberly Alexandria Hoeffner   Background Vocals
David Turbeville   Group Member
Christmas   Group Member
Adele Schulz   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Daniel Greci   Voices
Jason Greci   Voices
Christina Scotto   Voices
Rainer Decarmine   Voices

Technical Credits

Malcolm Cecil   Arranger,Director
Larry Moses   Horn Arrangements
Jeremy Backofen   Producer,Engineer
Jaden Harris   Engineer

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