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wonderfull artistry in many senses!
on 21 October 2009
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.
There have been a rash of Americana albums recently from The Duke and The King, Son Volt etc, this album sits atop of the pile. I have said before, one of the best bands on the planet, but still largely unknown.
4 stars, 5 is for perfection and to call it perfect would be silly, but god its good.