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The Avett Brothers - A real gleam in their eyes,
This review is from: The Gleam (Audio CD)
"The Gleam" by the Avett Brothers is the first part of two EPs which the brothers from North Carolina recorded over a period of two years in between intense touring and the production of other full albums. It shows that this band have talent to spare. Anyone who has seen their live shows will know that they are a viable alternative to the government plans for additional nuclear reactors. The brothers are ably supported by bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwon who make a fabulous noise and add to the sweet harmonies of the band. In concerts they mix this high voltage with a wider repertoire of wonderful country and "newgrass" ballads with brothers Scott and Seth alternating vocal duties. This is the side of the band which many people love the most.
As such "The Gleam" showcases there quieter and more mellow side and like Gleam 2 it contains some of the Brothers best and most moving songs. Indeed putting these two CDs together as a unified whole album works well despite the recording gap in time between them. There is no real point reviewing all the songs on here since they are all of the highest quality. Of them all "If its the beaches" is a bona fide Avett's classic and has been used in the Soundtrack to the great series on American Football and much more "Friday Night Lights". I particularly love "When I drink" which must be the only song about getting "tired and emotional" which can bring a tear to your eye. Yardsdale is equally lush and wonderful.
The Avetts are about to re release their latest masterwork in the UK "I and Love and you" which you should pester your Amazon warehouse to deliver it to you post haste. The Brothers should play a full part in the soundtrack to your life and you can be assured that it will be a better place for it.