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The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
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After many years of touring and independent releases culminating with 2007’s excellent album Emotionalism, this North Carolina trio makes their major label debut with this stunner of a record. With legendary producer Rick Rubin behind the boards, the sound is more polished than before, which might disappoint some longtime fans. But while the Avetts’ reputation as a ragged, punkish acoustic band with an incendiary live show is well-deserved, their records have improved as the band has steadily grown as musicians and songwriters, and this is their strongest batch of songs yet. The rootsy side of their music is still there, with occasional banjo, mandolin, fiddle and those rough-hewn harmonies, but most of this is unapologetic, piano-based, big-hearted pop, with gorgeous arrangements often featuring cello and a full rhythm section fleshing out these powerfully emotional, often dark songs of love and identity. 9/22/2009 - Don Yates
Other Avett Brothers album reviews:

The Carpenter - 9/7/2012
Emotionalism - 5/18/2007