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You Can't Afford To Feel

by Ness

Progressive Pop/Power Pop/Rock.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Where's Guns?
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2. I Intend
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3. Somewhere
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4. Weary By The Day
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5. The Future Used To Be Cool
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6. Losing Track (Of All The Things I've Lost)
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7. Pretty White
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8. Elena Margaret
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9. Goin' Home
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Album Notes
“Following "Up Late With People" (2004) Ness has topped that earlier effort and arguably everything else he's done before with an incredibly well-recorded, musically sophisticated and emotionally powerful contemplation of the need to rock even as one ages.” – Jim Derogatis, Chicago Sun-Times

"Another missed gem from 2008 that should not be neglected. I can't say enough about Ness. An amazing masterpiece of a rock and roll...This is one of the best progressive pop albums I've heard in a long time." -

"You Can’t Afford To Feel" (2008)
Describing "You Can’t Afford To Feel" is like opening a Pandora’s box of chimerical rock metaphors. Its unholy mixture of classic pop and epic reach is like Ray Davies wearing chain mail and jousting a tower of Vox AC30s, or Todd Rundgren daydreaming with a 23-sided die stuck in his ear. Imagine Gruff Rhys challenging the members of Pink Floyd to a duel after seven Brandy Alexanders, or Phil Spector threatening Brian Wilson with a semi-automatic weapon in a noisy airport. That might sound like "You Can’t Afford To Feel." On their new album, Ness deftly hone their craft to a white-hot tip but never give up their raw, zealous abandon. This is readily apparent on the explosive “Where’s Guns?” which opens the album like a lost Live At Leeds track. Full of mesmerizing melodies, seamless segues, eerie ethereality, and hypnotizing harmonies, these nine songs take you through the dizzying peaks and terrifying valleys that a great album is supposed to have. (Plenty of creamy mid grounds, too.) Ness continues to experiment with the long form: “The Future Used To Be Cool” clocks in at over 24 minutes. Needless to say, headphones and mind-expanding drugs are recommended for this monumental track (they work pretty well for the whole album, actually). Many thanks to Neal Ostrovsky, who recorded and mixed the album at his formidable Chicago studio, B-side Audio.

Band members:
Rick Ness, John San Juan , Bill Swartz, Phil Young.



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Sam Schauer

Quite ambitious!

The first thought that jumped into my head on my first headphone listen was "These guys have recorded their own "A Wizard A True Star"!

An interesting lp that has held my attention on numerous listens.

A fine effort!

Chuck Michelson

No lie....
Ness claims about 40 artists/bands as "influence". He/they may in fact be a bit understating. This album satisfies on so many different levels that the mind reels. You simply cannot see this one coming. I have no idea how this stayed under the radar, but I guess that's how it goes in the music industry. Although it seems somehow overzealous to compare this album to Sgt. Pepper's or Brian Wilson's Smile, you can see where Ness has done his homework. A positively gorgeous sound...thanks for a measure of restored faith in artistry.

Michael Dubin

A true masterpiece from start to finish. Brilliantly conceived album with an amazing synthesis of clasic influences. And great sounds! This is a CD that takes me back to laying on the floor infront of my record player, puttin on the headphones, staring at the cover and going for long sonic trip back to the future, when the future was cool! I can see this CD setting the standard for all the young dudes! Good luck. Tall order to top NESS!