I and Love and You

I and Love and You

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by The Avett Brothers
     
 

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Fans held their breath when Rick Rubin took the Avett Brothers under his wing. What would the co-head of Columbia Records -- a man known for recording rap-rock albums and resurrecting Johnny Cash's late career -- do with a small-time folk trio? The answer is "relatively…  See more details below

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Fans held their breath when Rick Rubin took the Avett Brothers under his wing. What would the co-head of Columbia Records -- a man known for recording rap-rock albums and resurrecting Johnny Cash's late career -- do with a small-time folk trio? The answer is "relatively nothing," as the band's major-label debut continues charting the same musical course as Emotionalism and Mignonette. The Avett Brothers have expanded their reach since 2000, adding elements of pop and hillbilly country-rock to a bluegrass foundation, and they carry on that tradition with I and Love and You, whose songs introduce a new emphasis on piano and nuanced arrangements. Working with a major label's budget allows the group to add small flourishes -- a cello line here, a keyboard crescendo there -- but the resulting music is hardly grand, focusing on textures rather than volume. Scott and Seth Avett share vocals throughout the album, delivering their lyrics in a speak-sing cadence that, at its best, sounds both tuneful and conversational. Given the opportunities presented here -- the ability to add strings, organs, and harmonium to the mix -- the two devote more time to slower songs, which display those sonic details better. The result is an intimate, poignant album, laced with rich production that often takes as much spotlight as the songwriting itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Spin Magazine - David Menconi
1/2 I and Love and You proves how miscast the Brothers were as folkies, because their ambitions are so much larger. They have always evoked the Band’s Music From Big Pink, but this album’s epic sweep and dramatic lyrical imagery...enlarges that influence to the scale of arena-rock sing-alongs.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886973509920
catalogNumber:
735099

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avett Brothers   Primary Artist
Paleface   Percussion,Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Piano,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Stuart Johnson   Percussion
Mike Marsh   Drums
Mark Daumen   Tuba
Scott Avett   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Seth Avett   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Dolph Ramseur   Percussion
Justin Glanville   Percussion
Sarah Swan McDonald   Background Vocals
Simone Felice   Drums
Joe Kwon   Cello
Elizaveta Khripounova   Harmonium
Bob Crawford   Percussion,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Sarah McDonald   Background Vocals
Bill Reynolds   Percussion
Monica Samalot   Percussion
Donny Herron   Fiddle
Mary Ellen Bush   Background Vocals
Dane Honeycutt   Percussion

Technical Credits

Gregg Rubin   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Bett   Art Direction
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Avett Brothers   Liner Notes
Scott Avett   Artwork
Dana Nielsen   Engineer

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I and Love and You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
StephPA More than 1 year ago
The Avetts are unlike any other band. I got hooked when I first listened to a somewhat more obscure CD called "Country Was," which is probably available on the Avett's own website - just google them. They defy categorization and convention. The first time you hear them they catch your attention even as you're thinking, "what is this?" You are compelled to listen to them again and again and you soon find that you have internalized their music and can't get enough. It is brave, infectious and quirky cool - no shame, no fear, no contrivance, just all out there waiting for you to discover and be drawn in by it. All this holds true for the Avett's "I and Love and You." While Avett fans may be surprised by this CD - it is less edgy and more produced, restrained and polished than their previous releases, the heart of the music still shines through, just as brightly as ever. I am crazy for the raw boot stompin' unfiltered Avetts and hope to hear more of them in the future as well, but this CD is deeply and equally satisfying in its own unique way and makes me happy. As a final note, if you can see this band live, go do it. They are the most riveting live band I have ever seen. Insanely talented, joyful and unselfconscious, completely connected with their audience, and still humble and gracious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd never heard of the Avett Brothers until I happened across them at the Austin City Limits Music festival. They were amazing performers and as soon as I got home I had to get their CD. The music is hard to classify - a mix of country, folk, bluegrass with a twing of rock. Don't expect to hear this on commerical radio but you can catch it on the satelite stations! Take a chance and get this CD - you won't regret it if you are an adventurous music lover!
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I cannot stop listening to this CD.I love it! Can't wait to see them perform!
Sly9 More than 1 year ago
I generally buy entire albums instead of individual songs when I like an artist's work, and I generally expect them to have a cohesive feel or theme. Unfortunately I wish I had purchased a few songs from "I and Love and You" instead of the album. The sound goes from acoustic folk to screeching over rock guitar, sometimes in the same song. I found myself with my finger poised on the fast-forward button way too often. Too bad, because some of the songs (and pieces of others) are quite beautiful.
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