Friday, October 09, 2009

Avett Brothers-- I and Love and You

Well,for a band that sings so much about breaking hearts, they sure waited long enough to break mine. No more of that raucous energy I loved about them... downplaying banjo and guitar in favor of piano. No more of those harmonies that make you feel like crying and laughing at the same time. Well-produced and some tracks are very pretty. I wish them luck wooing a wider audience, I just wish it didn't come at the cost of what made me love them... that intimate feel, a little edginess, the sense of being on the edge of falling apart (a la the better Replacements albums). An album of very pretty and well-crafted PIANO MUSIC.
Thanks, Rick Rubin. Goodbye, North Carolina, Hello Brooklyn.

Harmonies have gotten broader and poppier, less high-off-lonesome (IE, less bluegrass).
All pretty Midtempo.

Track Rundown:

1. Pretty piano ballad. Title track.
2. great! banjo and longing and sweet melody. what they do best! tender love.
3. piano, bruce springsteen
4, 6. a little looser, guitar, a little bit of scott avett yelling
5. rolling stone says this song is "mature." Really good part in the middle where...
no, wait, this is MTV pop-rock.
7. yeah! Fun and goofy, still piano though.
10. UGH! CMT crap.
11. good! goofy stop-and-start

All Clean

Breaks my damn heart.


At 11:17 PM, Blogger Claire Caplan said...

Agreed 100%. They should've shouted out to Lametown, U.S.A.


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