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5.0 out of 5 stars The Avett Brothers - An infectious amalgam of southern sibling-harmonies, 7 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: The Second Gleam (CD) (Audio CD)
It's brilliant to see the Felice brothers properly recognised for producing truly wonderful albums. Perhaps some of this success may rub off on North Carolina's The Avett Brothers. From Concord, the two brothers are Seth and Scott both with excellent voices, strong song writing skills and fabulous harmonies. In the States this band play to huge crowds and have a fanatical following and it is easy to see why. Captured initially by the label "New grass" the brothers have a punk edge particularly in their earlier albums like "Country Was". Their songwriting has however deepened in recent years reaching its zenith in their latest "Emotionalism" and this EP. The latter is my personal favourite.

This second EP "The Gleam II" released in 2008 follows their first EP outing 2006's "Gleam". It highlights their growing prowess in song writing but is underpinned by country roots and stronger songs. "Tear down the house", "Greatest sum", "Murder in the City" and the sad but beautiful "St Joseph's" are fine examples. I understand that Rick Rubin is to produce their next album which will hopefully catapult them beyond the USA where they have a massive live following for what are reported to be stunning and raucous live gigs.

If you wanted an instant "best of" of Avett Brothers to this point use Amazon or I tunes and download the 4 songs above plus

The weight of lies (Emotionalism)
Salina (Emotionalism)
Pretty girl from chile (Emotionalism)
If it's the beaches (Gleam)
Famous flower of Manhattan (Four thieves gone)
Left on Laura, left on lisa (Four thieves gone)
Colorshow (Four thieves gone)
Please Pardon yourself (Migonette)
November blue (Country Was)
Swept Away (Migonette)

A "starter for ten" which you will grow to love and which hopefully will be the beginning of a long and enduring relationship with this fine band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pared down beauty, 9 Jan. 2011
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a follow on to Gleam and is essentially more of the same. Simple but beautiful in its execution and delivery, this is just Scott and Seth Avett performing everything. It is laid back but crystal clear with beautiful harmonies throughout. Whilst it is only six songs they are all superior to most of their contemporaries and I only give 4 stars using some of their other work as yard sticks such as 'Emotionalism' and 'I and love and you'.

As a new convert I am probably over eager in my praise of this great band, but feel if you are new to them to go for one of the other two albums first as they are more varied in their music and definitely show off more of the sides to this incredibly versatile and talented duo/band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 24 Dec. 2012
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I love their sound and it's a good little EP full of good songs to listen to or just to put in the background.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gleam II, 28 April 2010
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Jimbo Slice (Manchester & Belfast) - See all my reviews
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Nice and simple acoustic album, not too tweed or corney. Nice banjo and Guitar throughout the album, Tear down the house is a great track, worth checking out for sure.
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