by The Avett Brothers
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Americana with attitude is the best way to describe the Avett Brothers' music, a sublime blend of folk, country, hillbilly, and blues, swirled through with pop, rock, and a touch of wry punk. In their dreams, it all sounds perfect, but not so much so, they think, when they awake. "Yeah, you deserve the best," they bemoan, not just some "Hand-Me-Down Tune." Well, regrets, we've all had a few, and the Avett Brothers more than some. But if you're going to be filled with "Shame," best to offset your remorse with an incredibly infectious melody. Besides, life is short, and since we're all going to "Die Die Die," we might as well live and love while we can, even if that does just occasionally mean the band must shrug off "All My Mistakes." And love is the paramount emotion of Emotionalism, be it too young (the bouncy "I Would Be Sad"), Spanish-flavored ("Pretty Girl from San Diego"), blues-flecked ("Living of Love"), or exuberant (the British Invasion-styled "Will You Return?"). However, of the many marvelous romantic-themed numbers, the most striking is the romantic tale "The Ballad of Love and Hate," whose opening line, "Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate," immediately grabs your attention. Elsewhere, the band explores other emotions, like the nervousness that infects the otherwise jaunty "Paranoia in B-Flat Major," or the amusing attempts of the band to shrug off the attentions from cities around the country: "Salina" begins in fingerpicking style but ends with evocative classical piano and cello, and "Pretty Girl from San Diego" also shifts tactics from Spanish guitar to a big rock finish. From lullabies to the contrarily rousing singalong party piece "Go to Sleep," the Avett Brothers pick their way through America's folk styles, and deliver them in ways you'd never expect, all wrapped around lyrics, sometimes wry, sometimes dead-serious, but all delivered with the band's signature intensity. A fabulous album from a band that just keeps getting better.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Ramseur Rec.
UPC: 0775020788923
catalogNumber: 207889
Rank: 22787

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avett Brothers   Primary Artist
Paleface   Guitar
Jason Krekel   Vocals
Valorie Miller   Vocals
Scott Avett   Group Member
Seth Avett   Vocals,Group Member
Crackerfarm   Vocals
Justin Glanville   Vocals
Ami Worthen   Vocals
Leon Godwin   Vocals
Joe Kwon   Cello
Sarah McDonald   Vocals
Susan Helfrich   Vocals
Ami Worthen   Vocals
Paul Farese   Vocals
Monica Samalot   Drums
Donny Herron   Fiddle
Scott Knestaut   Vocals
Mary Ellen Bush   Vocals
Dane Honeycutt   Vocals

Technical Credits

Amy Brown   Engineer
Danny Kadar   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Avett Brothers   Composer,Audio Production
Scott Avett   Cover Illustration
Julian Dreyer   Engineer
Bill Reynolds   Audio Production

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These brothers of Carolina never fail to amaze me. Every song seems to be about some of the same things I'm going through at the moment. Lyrics mean so much but the music is so powerful and unique. I listen to this album nearly every day and still hear new details I'd missed before. It's just flat out beautiful.
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