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Jul192011

'Into the Rain' by Felix Riebl [album review]

 

FELIX RIEBL – Into the Rain (MGM)

Written by Krissi Weiss

There’s no pulsing horns, annoying jazz trickery, funk fuelled rhythms or questionably pitched vocal lines. Basically, if you are looking for a Cat Empire-style party album, this is not for you.

Don’t get me wrong, I like what the Cat Empire have done, but it was never flawless. It is hard to ignore where Riebl has come from, yet I realise this isn’t about The Cat Empire, this is about Felix Riebl creating a new sound with a new project. Mission successful. Part Wilco, part Elliott Smith and even part Americana, Riebl has produced an album that is tranquil, raw and endearing. The fact that he has thrown in a cover of Springsteen’s 'I’m On Fire' can lend a hint to the approach Riebl has taken with 'Into The Rain'.

There’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of southern American charm and for someone that blithely struggled their way through the vocals of The Cat Empire’s breakthrough hit, 'Hello Hello', he has really tailored his voice to be pitch perfect and soulful. His close mic technique has him gently singing each line with little in the way of bravado. The culmination of his “other” band's successes are being dissected throughout the lyrics of this album. 'Worries I’ve Had' and 'Bones' seem to highlight this reflective mood while the album opener, 'Wide Open Rivers', sounds like it flowed effortlessly from creation to the moment of recording.

It is great when you see an artist truly evolve from their origins and create something new.

This article was originally published in Rave Magazine http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/

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