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Six years after releasing a debut that would stand as a critical achievement decades later, a slightly different lineup of the Feelies produced a second record, one with softer edges and a mellower world view. Although The Good Earth feels like the band traded in amphetamines for decaf chai and yoga, the album carries nearly the same weight as Crazy Rhythms in terms of its critical success and influence. Now two drummers strong, this lineup shares the insistent, propulsive energy of the original group, but it’s tempered with a more relaxed, grounded feel, befitting its title. A perfect road trip record, you feel summer wind in your hair as the guitars churn and chime on tracks like “On the Roof” and “Let’s Go,” you hug a curvy, country road as the hazy psych-pop of “Tomorrow Today” unfurls around you. Even when toms are struck and guitars are strummed in hummingbird time, even when reedy Velvet Underground guitars ring out, The Good Earth somehow soothes and calms, its yin and yang creating a wonderful harmony.

Customer Reviews

A Golden Haze

I have been waiting almost ten years for this album to reappear, as I lost my original vinyl copy during a move. This is a very special album by a band that is capable both of frenetic, fractured vamping and emotive, yearning soundscapes...at the same time! Very Velvet Undergound in that respect, but this band has an underlying sound of golden summers, or summers that never really existed but that you reconstruct into memory from wishful fragments. While their Crazy Rhythms is touted as their benchmark, I always loved this album, and their other two albums (espially Time For A Witness) even more. They are kinetic groove-meisters, but are underated at masters of four-cylinder pop-music -- music that you always wished frat-rock would be on a perfect planet. Of course, on a perfect planet there wouldn't be a need for frats, but that's a different story.

Finally - Incredible Indie Music

Finally - Great to have The Feelies' music on iTunes. Incredible music. Listening to this album transports me back to the 80s when I saw them play live in a Old Church convered into a music club.

A Forgotten Treasure From The Eighties

One of my favorite albums of all time. If early REM and the Velvet Underground had a baby, this would be it. On the surface it's all easy-going, but listen harder and you realize this band is *tight*. Glen Mercer's guitar sound is beautiful and the two drummers move the whole thing along nicely. This being produced by Peter Buck in 1986, the vocals are buried, just like on REM's Murmur and Reckoning. The result is a dreamlike, beautiful album, perfect for sunny afternoons and long roadtrips with friends.

Biography

Formed: 1977 in Hoboken, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of the countless bands to emerge from the New York City underground during the post-punk era, few if any were as unique and influential as the Feelies; nerdy, nervous, and noisy, even decades later their droning, skittering avant-garde pop remains a key touchstone of the American indie music scene. Named in reference to Aldous Huxley's paranoid classic Brave New World, the Feelies formed in 1976 in suburban Haledon, New Jersey, where singers/guitarists Bill Million and Glenn Mercer first met while...
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