Here Before

"Is it too late/To do it again?" asks Glenn Mercer on "Nobody Knows," opening this comeback by one of the greatest guitar bands of CBGB's Seventies heyday. "Fuck, no" is the obvious answer. Picking up pretty much where their last set, 1991's Time for a Witness, left off, the Feelies' music remains a template of formal perfection, like a holiday service at the VU Episcopal Church. On "Should Be Gone," Mercer's mercurial lead soars over Bill Million's metronomic strumming, and Brenda Sauter's bass melody bubbles alongside Stanley Demeski and Dave Weckerman's anxious rhythms. When Mercer declares, "Same old song," in "On and On," his words are inarguable, no apologies necessary.

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From The Archives Issue 1128: April 14, 2011
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