I am a long time fan of the Avett brothers. I really love their new album, although it is different from previous albums. Their lyrics, as always, are both witty and touching, creatively addressing many of today’s social issues. I can hear the influence of many classic rock giants in this album, to include the Beatles, John Prine and others. But as always, their songs are completely original. Thank you Avetts for such a great album. Listening is a relief from these challenging times.
In Between The Lines
Glad these boys keep putting out the best music they can. Lots of scared one star reviewers that need to chill, it’s okay to be frightened especially when you realized the history you’ve been given was a lie. But take your time, you are still loved and this is still the Avetts you thought you knew but never saw between the lines. Keep it it up boys and we’ll done. Now giddy-up!
Good not great
They get 4 stars for the simple fact that they are the Avett Brothers. But, I can’t give that 5th star for this album. It’s just very different from their usual greatness. Maybe they got a little too political and/or wanted to change the pace a bit. There are 2 or 3 really good songs on the album. I’ll be impatiently waiting for their next great album.
Outstanding new album
By J Reavis
Love the Avett Brothers and the heart and energy they bring to every album! Anyone who gave this a bad review must be a little defensive about the truth they write in their lyrics.
Band lost it aloooong time ago
Band has become so overproduced. Sound so generic now.
As with almost all of the previous Avett albums, one listen was not enough to appreciate the depth of the album. It’s not for everyone, and that’s ok. Listen and learn or ignore and complain, we all have choices
Long time fan. This is unlistenable
Sorry guys. This one should’ve been shelved. I don’t care about any political innuendos; it’s just not good song writing.
High steppin' is a weird pop sound that is NOT AB - in it they're railing against society and it's stresses, yet the frame it in a musical context which is the exact thing which AB has NOT been.... pop. Sad.
Then they're sound moves to 'Bang Bang'. Wow. As in "wow, that's sad they'd write something like that and put it on a record." First they try to pop you out and then they try to dumb you down by preaching at you how bad commercialism is yet they frame the sound of the song in a commercialism 1920s crap piano rhythm. I get it, they're making a statement - but the music is.... not good. It's very artistic but it's upsetting that they'd dumb down their musical talents to make a point. It's like finding out Einstein wrote a piece on how the earth is flat just to prove how stupid the flat earth thing is....except in the end he sounded like he actually supported the flat earth. CRAP!
Where they struck a middle ground was 'Tell the Truth' and 'Better Here." Those two songs are the START of moving back to what AB was and should be. The remainder of the songs on this album are what I'd classify as "meh". They don't grab me and they don't keep my attention the way many of AB's previous songs did.
In summary...they could do better. They clearly became comfortable with fame with this album so maybe now they'll get back to what drew us to them to begin with - their sincerity and feeling.
A Big Miss
Sad to say but it's obvious that they are at the end of their creative lives.