The Feelies
Crazy Rhythms


4.5
superb

Review

by Joshua Hunt USER (21 Reviews)
October 30th, 2013 | 63 replies | 1,928 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The Feelies bridged the gap of what is punk rock and new wave with ‘Crazy Rhythms’ and conceived what is probably the purest example of what post-punk music should sound like. With its utilization of clean jangly guitar tone and strong emphasis on percussion the album not only laid out the ground work for a genre but also managed to become a unique entity to the music scene at the time as well as heavily influencing a decade of musicians.

Despite the punchy drum work and up tempo drive the album traverses smoothly. The production is slick even by today’s standards. The entire album is high energy build ups and a nearly goofy conglomeration of serious and silly musical segments. This simply adds to the ‘don’t take this to serious’ vibration that the whole release glows with. The work just breathes out quirky elements that make it very difficult to not enjoy. Nothing about it is repetitive and this is its strongest suit. It is driving, ironic, quirky, and fun. The songwriting is straightforward in a very endearing sort of way; this simplicity makes the album accessible at times where it otherwise may not be. Tracks like "Fa Cé-La” which comes across as kooky and musically polished. Later it jumps to numbers such as “Original Love” which is also a sound track musically but it brings a touch of emotional fluidity and honest lyrical depictions that can be felt on a more interpersonal level.

‘Crazy Rhythms’ is basically forty-three minutes of excellent times to be had. The music contains an abundance of feel good vibes; most notably “Raised Eyebrow” and the title track leave a sweet but not abundantly so taste in ones mouth. For a debut album The Feelies truly did a remarkable job imagining and generating the work that is ‘Crazy Rhythms’. Defining what will emit from a genre for nearly a decade and simply stepping out of musical trend such as punk rock and changing elements to make something unique is not only rebellious in its own right but also a very daring thing to set out on. ‘Crazy Rhythms’ is an album that will be regarded highly for decades to come and will remain iconic for its explorative and revolutionary demeanor.



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joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I tried to keep this one short and sweet seeing as several of my recent reviews have been rather lengthy. This album speaks for itself pretty well. I think it is safe to call this album a near classic if not a classic I just feel like while this album is heavily influential it still had a few kinks to work out that were perfected late in the genres cycle. Hope everybody enjoys the review.

ethos
October 30th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you're the hero of albums that deserve reviews

joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha thanks! I try.

ethos
October 30th 2013



1743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

NO you vanquish

joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks

turtleflu
October 30th 2013



30 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review! This album needs more attention on this site. It's one of my all-time favorites. I've always thought The Feelies sounded like a geekier Television.

joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree on that one haha. They also remind me of The Talking Heads quite a bit.

InfamousGrouse
October 30th 2013



3152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yay, somebody finally stepped up to the task and got this done!

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tommygun
October 30th 2013



23467 Comments


OMG THE DAY HAS COME

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LifeAsAChipmunk
October 30th 2013



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omg, am i in heaven?!?

tommygun
October 30th 2013



23467 Comments


yea

joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:D :D :D

tommygun
October 30th 2013



23467 Comments


pos pos pos

joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thankssss

KILL
October 30th 2013



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell yes

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 30th 2013



11556 Comments


sweet jammin

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joshuahuntkc
October 30th 2013



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Raised Eyebrow" is awesome. Easily my favorite song on the album. "Original Love" is a close second.

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 30th 2013



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

foxxxxxxy :D :D :D :D :D

tommygun
December 22nd 2013



23467 Comments


bump

Cygnatti
January 15th 2014



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

crazy album

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