Favorite Waitress Reviews – What is everyone saying?

Two months after its release, we have a collection of reviews for the Felice Brothers album Favorite Waitress. The latest effort from the group has won over many critics and received a ton of support from numerous media outlets. Below you can check out excerpts of some of the reviews with links to the full articles at their original websites.

The follow-up strips down, keeping a tight leash on the band’s quirks: “Constituents” simmers without boiling, and “Saturday Night” has some sharp lyrical teeth. The lively romp “Lion” – which incidentally sounds great in concert – proves that the Felices translate best on record when they’re being their boisterous, rootsy selves.Rolling Stone
From the sing-along opener, “Bird on Broken Wing” (laden with dogs barking and dedicated to Pete Seeger in the liner notes), to the full-tilt “Woman Next Door,” to the blistering ‘90s alt-rock-esque “Katie Cruel,” this 13-song collection by the raucous quintet of Upstate New York literary hillbillies should manage to reignite their base, while still testing the limits of fans and critics’ stereotypes.Relix
Ultimately, Favorite Waitress offers an opportunity for the Felice Brothers to stake their claim to true roots relevance, underscoring it with an honesty and integrity that affirms their determination to persevere without pretenseThe Bluegrass Situation
For Favorite Waitress, the group piled in a van and drove from their home in Woodstock, New York all the way out to Omaha, Nebraska, workshopping these new tunes along the way. They recorded in Mike Mogis’ Arc Studio, with long-time producer Jeremy Backofen at the helm. Lest you think they’ve cleaned up their sound or abandoned their rowdy and rustic ethos: woof.Pitchfork
Every sound—from the dog barking on the intro of Bird On A Broken Wing to the crashing guitar solo trailing off into tinkling piano on Silver In The Shadow—is part of a journey with no destination, but that only makes it more lovely and meaningful.CMJ
The underlying moodiness makes this a keeper, despite, or perhaps because of, the need to hear these tracks multiple times to absorb the bleak beauty and sadness inherent in the Felice Brothers’ overall approach.American Songwriter
For a folk album without the weirdness of their last effort, Favorite Waitress is still a remarkably varied and well-paced collection of tunes. From the fiddle-rocker “Lion”, to fuzzy, distorted bangers “Cherry Licorice” and “Woman Next Door”, to heartfelt piano-driven ballads “No Trouble” and “Silver in the Shadow”, The Felice Brothers bring enough versatility to command attention over the 47-minute duration.Consequence of Sound
The Felice Brothers summon up a mythical America that intermingles yesterday, today, and tomorrow, with scandalous romance, aliens, silver miners—you name it, and it’s bound to be swimming around in the Big Deep of Ian Felice’s fathomless imagination.The Vinyl District

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