Love the Avett brothers
And I love Obama and hate guns. But man this album is very disappointing. Bad song writing. Unoriginal. Please write another album soon!
It will grow on you
The first time I listened to it I was dissapointed. But after a few more listens it grew on me and I feel like it’s another solid album by the brothers
Politics Or Not
Politics or not. Whatever side you stand on. Truth be said, this is just a very poorly written/contrived album. I would expect this lyrically from a new artist attempting to find their feet. More shocking is that their producer would even let this hit the market. Hire producers that speak the truth, not provide lip service!
I can get over the politics if the music is good.
I can get over an artists political leanings if they do it well, sadly it’s the music on this one that’s not great. and I have loved every Avett album thus far. True Sadness was incredible. There is really only one song I like on this album.
This album was admittedly much more political than previous albums and for some that will be a major turn off. I’m fine with that. I just hope this wasn’t some attempt to please a crowd that is never happy and could truly care less about their music.
Still a huge fan and I’ll keep listening to the album, I may end up liking it more with a few more listens.
Update - I've come around on a few more of the songs. There are 4-5 pretty solid songs, and when I couple that with some of the songs that were released earlier this year and not on this album, it makes me feel a little better.
Depature from grace
The melodic harmony and simple truth that was in their previous works has gone in a haze of political nonsense and serious and profound change to their sound.
Like sitting down to your favorite meal only to find it was made with spolied ingredients. Its still technically them, but its not. They are something else now. If you like classic Avett brothers you will not like this nonsense to much Los Angeles and not enough Real America.
Artists Take Risks..
By Wandering Hawk
I think that, for me, there were songs on the album seemed like a departure from the rawness and simple charms of a band.. This band has grown a ton and their songs reflect all of the feelings attached to being an American. It is harsh and diverse, it is also sweet and sincere. It is not like we live in the song “Amazing Grace.” The landscape that we encounter as Americans and it is poetic.. In order to be an artist and avoid mediocrity, artists take risks. To be an artist that grows, you need to bare your heart and soul.
Thanks for writing some songs that make us think feel and wonder. I have always counted on you for that.
Love loves to love love.
Another Great Album from a Great Band
By Elvis meets Godzilla
Great music! Smart, thoughtful lyrics. Extremely well written statement on the times in which we live, set to beautiful music. It’s an album for people who exercise conscious thought. It’s not ‘elevator music’. If the Avett Brothers were going to make a political album, I’d want it to sound like this. It’s perfect!
They seem to strayed from their roots. It’s no longer simple love songs and poetic story telling. It’s a shame that I can’t listen to my favorite band without politics being shoved down my throat.
Decide what to be and go be it
I love that you can hear the evolution of the band in every album. I respect how hard it must be to reinvent your music every time you make an album. The Avett Brothers always connect with me with every album including this one. Thank you Avett Brothers for making art.