13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“They say ‘Don’t take your business to the big time’; I bought us tickets there,” sing The Avett Brothers on “Slight Figure of Speech,” summing up their major label debut. With producer Rick Rubin, they streamlined and polished the rootsy, harmony-laden sound they’d developed over previous albums. There’s gravity to these chamber-folk ballads, from the majestic piano-based arrangements to the hard-won lyrical wisdom. And they prove they still know how to get a bluegrass hoedown started on the rollicking “Laundry Room.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“They say ‘Don’t take your business to the big time’; I bought us tickets there,” sing The Avett Brothers on “Slight Figure of Speech,” summing up their major label debut. With producer Rick Rubin, they streamlined and polished the rootsy, harmony-laden sound they’d developed over previous albums. There’s gravity to these chamber-folk ballads, from the majestic piano-based arrangements to the hard-won lyrical wisdom. And they prove they still know how to get a bluegrass hoedown started on the rollicking “Laundry Room.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Neck Deep in Snow ,

Perfection

On their major label debut any fears of selling out or a loss of the magic from the Ramseur days is quickly put to rest. This album is just as warm, authentic, magical, heartfelt, and chocked full of killer tunes as any of the Avett offerings. For a band that has built a following off the undeniable energy and quality of their live shows, this album shows they can capture a lot of that magic on “tape” too and put out an album for the ages.

TSnow27609 ,

Their pinnacle (to me)

It’s more produced than earlier albums but to me, this is their best work start to finish.

JulieMcculloch ,

AMAZING!!!!!!!!

I can’t even manage to express how much I love this album! “I and Love and You” specifically. Whenever I have a bad day, I play this and I think of my love for my precious daughter. She loves this album too. I can’t recommend it enough-especially if you’re a person with complex feelings.

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