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I And Love And You

The Avett Brothers Audio CD
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Every once in a while in life, you stumble upon something that grabs you, shakes you, touches you deep inside. And even in the moment, before it can fully sink in, you realize you have found that rarest of commodities in this airbrushed world of fakery and frauds: authenticity.

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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: sony music
  • ASIN: B002C8YSHE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I and Love and You
2. January Wedding
3. Head Full of Doubt/road Full of Promise
4. And It Spread
5. The Perfect Space
6. Ten Thousand Words
7. Kick Drum Heart
8. Laundry Room
9. Ill With Want
10. Tin Man
11. Slight Figure of Speech
12. It Goes On and On
13. Incomplete and Insecure

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Whenever a band moves from a niche concern to an act with genuine mass appeal, often courtesy of a move to a major label, those who were there since the beginning are often up in arms. Why our band? Why now? Why Rick Rubin? And when it was announced, back in 2008, that the co-head of Columbia – producer for the likes of Slayer, Metallica, Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash – was to work with North Carolina country-folksters The Avett Brothers, the outcry was predictable. What was not: the end results of said collaboration. Needless to say, any initial protests were soon subdued, misled mutterings consigned to memory.

This is an album of surprising tenderness, of intricate (and, importantly, memorable) melodies and deep emotions, and everyman ruminations on love and life that will surely connect with long-standing fans and newcomers alike. Not that The Avett Brothers haven’t opened themselves up before – 2007’s Emotionalism is an accomplished exercise in catharsis of the heart – but here they let their music settle into more of a background role, lyrics taking centre stage. The affect is instant, the aim to pronounce each syllable with absolute clarity, to an almost spoken-word extent at times, paying immediate dividends. On the opening title-track we’re exposed to an essay on those three, so hard-to-say words – never condescending, it’s a heartfelt paean to the ultimate admission of one’s feelings. The marvellous Head Full of Doubt… continues the theme, expressing insecurities with good use of metaphor before delivering simple but effective pay-off lines, for example: “If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected.”

The group – brothers Scott and Seth, plus upright bassist Bob Crawford – maintains a relatively sombre pace across this 13-track collection. Indeed, older admirers may wonder where the up-tempo jams of albums like 2003’s A Carolina Jubilee have gone to. The only echoes of this boisterously breezy style are And It Spread and Kick Drum Heart, the latter a particularly sprightly piece that’s at complete compositional odds with the tracks that bookend it: the stripped-right-back acoustic arrangement of Ten Thousand Words, where the only additional colour comes from a delicious Hammond drone, and the similarly understated Laundry Room, as perfectly pretty as the title-track, featuring Benmont Tench on harmonium. 

Though it barely breaks into a sweat, I and Love and You is the kind of record that spins by fairly swiftly – testament, truly, to the engrossing nature of the majority of its songs. It furthers its makers’ cause in the correct fashion: by expanding their oeuvre at the behest of a major, rather than recycling traits that attracted the label’s attention in the first place. --Mike Diver

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(2009/AMERICAN) 13 tracks, produced by Rick RubinMedium 1
  1. I And Love And You
  2. January Wedding
  3. Head Full Of Doubt Road Full Of Promise
  4. And It Spread
  5. The Perfekt Spare
  6. Ten Thousand Words
  7. Kick Drum Heart
  8. Laundry Room
  9. I'll With Want
  10. Tin Man
  11. Slight Figure Of Speech
  12. It Goes On And On
  13. Incomplete And Insecure

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull artistry in many senses! 21 Oct 2009
By S.R.J VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So the Avett Brothers move over to a major label, and get the treatment their amazing sound has deserved for years.The sound is essentially the same , but more refined, lusher, fuller,but still quintisentially american, even though it is clearly a change in direction. Drum kits, hammond organ, less of the screeching (you still get bits),and less banjo, all in all less hardcore roots americana, but glorious nonetheless. Their artistry is on display on the album cover, courtesy of Scott Avett, including three portraits in the tryptych sleeve inner.
For years the boys have toured ceaslessly, gathering in their wake a devoted set of fans who have held the Avett Brothers close to their chests, wanting the world to know but by turns keeping them to themselves. Then along comes Rick Rubin, (the americana master producer) and out pops an album that is both masterful, powerful,heartfelt,but most importantly to me,as sincere as all that precede it.
The Avetts have always done ballads, with gorgeous harmonies aplenty, but this album is chock full of epic heartwarming ballads, but not cheesy stuff,the theme is nothing new-love-but there is not one throwaway lyric on this album. On the inner sleeve is a short essay written by Seth Avett on the words "i" and "love" and "you"-"....emotional imperfection is a reality for those who recorded this peice as it is for those who will hear it", and even the essay doesn't sound trite.
Musically I guess there is no looking back now, they are as intense on this album as they have ever been, but manage to do so without smashing up the kitchen sink,awash with superb great melody and mature lyrics, it is their finest to date. I absolutely adore it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart literate Americana 20 Oct 2009
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Probably destined to be America's best kept musical secret the Avett's under the wistful direction of Rick Rubin have produced another great record chock full of memorable tunes.The punkier elements from earlier recordings are largely absent much more piano and less banjo regretable maybe but fortunately the songs are as good as anything they've written before.
Ruminations on life death love and heartache more dark than light but when their wonderful harmonies kick in you can't help but raise a smile and crack open a bottle.
Great stuff.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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To start with an emphatic statement the Avett Brothers are a class act awaiting a huge UK audience. Their last full album "Emotionalism" has some of the best Americana songs of the past decade (Weight of Lies and Pretty Girl from Chile) while the "Gleam EPs" (reviewed elsewhere) are true wonders. They showcase the bands quieter side with songs such as "Weight of Lies" "Tear down this house" "Murder in the city" and "St Josephs" that will require the Office of Fair Trading to investigate your I Pod because of the dangers of an emerging monopoly. Throughout the brothers sing like their lives depend on it and their concerts have a massive reputation for the sheer high energy impact. Check them out on the web you will be enthralled at every raucous, earnest, sweaty second of it and see a band that can look like veterans of the Battle of Shiloh and draw upon the heritage of Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and more latterly the Everly's and the Band.

With this pedigree their new album "I and Love and you" has hit the Billboard top twenty in the States and should see the a long overdue UK breakthrough for the Brothers from Concord, North Carolina who have displayed over the past decade consistently high quality albums and brilliant song writing. For good measure the legendary Rick Rubin of Johnny Cash fame has been brought into produce it and that may be where a slight issue is to be located. The Avetts have always had a very enduring rough edge, indeed it is there rawness and spontaneity which have been a most special characteristic (listen to the wonderful "November Blue" for their rough charm and gritty edginess). Rubin has smoothed this and in turn has put to the fore the pop sensibility which has been displayed on previous albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb 27 Jun 2011
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I have found a flaw in the Amazon scoring system. Sometimes, 5 stars just aren't enough. There should be an additional, and exclusive, category marked 'classic'. This album would be in it. The Avett Brothers have penned an album of utter, utter brilliance. AND I suspect their relentless ability to write a good song doesn't end here.

I realise that I'm behind the game on this one. Just reading the other Avett Brothers reviews on Amazon is a testament to that fact.

Since hearing this album, I finally saw them last week at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. It's worth deviating here to say if you get a chance to see them play, do it. Their energy and stage presence really is something to behold. Anyway, back to the review.....

I guess if you were looking to generise this album, it would be something marked 'alternative country'. Since Bill Callahan would probably also be filed in this category though, it doesn't really adequately describe what happens between first song 'I and Love and You' and last song 'Incomplete and Insecure'. There is not a bad song on this album. No fillers.

The album starts with a haunting, beautiful, piano driven ballad entitled 'I and Love and You'. To say this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written is not over stretching the point. So, second song 'January Wedding', moves through the gears and a perfect foil for the opener. We still have no drums at this point, but the banjo playing really defines the song. As drums make an appearance on third song 'Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise', you're into another realm of Avett Brothers genius. If I could just use a collection of words at this point; soulful, piano, organ and beautiful, beautiful voice.......
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Moving, high quality indie folk. A bit smoother than Mumford and Sons, but my guess is that people who like one will like the other, at least musically speaking. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
This album showcases the talents of this American band. Having sampled many similar bands over the past few years, this album creates a new benchmark for Americana. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I heard the Avett Brothers at Greenman, and really enjoyed listening to them. This prompted me to buy the cd and I haven't been disappointed.
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Really like this album by the Avett Brothers.
I decided to listen to their music after reading Slammed by Colleen Hoover in which she quotes lyrics from an Avett Brother song... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album. A fusion of sounds, well worth a listen. I came across them by accident while looking for something else, but The Avett Brothers are now played frequently on... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by JustPrettyThings
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This album is great! The first 2 tracks( I and Love and You and January Wedding) are my favourite - fantastic harmonies and just such lovely songs! Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Vickysmiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Av' It!
I'll keep this brief.

If you already know their music and like the band, this is their most complete work to date. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by Mr. S. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet!
This is by far and away the best cd the brothers have produced to date. Very much piano led songwriting of the highest order, but can we please bring the banjo back to the fore... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by CRB
5.0 out of 5 stars Too talented by half
I am new to the Avett Brothers but wanted to thank all the positive reviewers on this page for convincing me to take a punt and purchase this record (sorry CD showing my age... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2010 by Tommy Dooley
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