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Poem Of The River

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Declaration (Album)
Silver Plane (Album)
She Lives By The Castle (Album)
Stained Glass Windows In The Sky (Album)
Riding On The Equator (Album)
Dark Red Birds (Album)
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 26:01

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The All Music Review above does not refer to the Poem of the River, rather to the album Train Above The City. Also - all the "Felt" tracks linked to on Youtube at the right are by the contemporary hip-hop super-group who forgot to research whether their name had already been taken by a legendary band with a decade's worth of releases. It's like Google never happened...

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This is more a short album not an EP and despite what it says in the description of this album this is an absolute cracker. The two long tracks 'Dark Red Birds' and 'She Lives In A Castle' are possibly two of the best tracks you'll hear from any band, quite brilliant. Yes, they can sound like like Lou Reed but but who cares, people forget now nobody gave a toss about The Velvet Underground albums when they came out except a select few but now everybody considers them to be one of the best bands ever. I sincerely hope that given time, people will look back on Felt the same way and give them the credit they so richly deserve.

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Red Krayola leader Mayo Thompson took over the producer’s chair for this EP, but the sound was very similar to Felt’s masterwork of the year before, Forever Breathes the Lonely Word. Focusing on the contributions of keyboardist Martin Duffy (who’d become singer Lawrence Hayward’s main instrumental foil after the departure of guitarist Maurice Deebank), Poem of the River once again offered rich, organ-enhanced folk-rock topped with Hayward’s droning but expressive vocals. Suggesting Lou Reed singing “Positively 4th Street”-era Dylan, it’s a successful combination, especially on short, sharp tracks like “Stained Glass Windows in the Sky.” The seemingly endless organ solos on “She Lives by the Castle” and “Riding on the Equator” dilute the impact somewhat, although the tunes themselves are attractive. Only the unusually (and unpleasantly) aggressive opener, “Declaration,” fails outright. Meanwhile, though Hayward drops an evocative line here and there, there’s nothing as front-to-back strong lyrically as “All the People I Like Are Those That Are Dead,” a gem from the previous album. But overall, Poem was far more than a stopgap between albums, and has appeal beyond the Felt completist. – Dan LeRoy

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