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I and Love and You
     

I and Love and You

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 nothing," as the band's major-label debut

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2012
Label:
American Recordings
UPC:
0602537159048
catalogNumber:
001786002
Rank:
3797

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Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Gregg Rubin   Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
David Bett   Art Direction
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Avett Brothers   Composer,Liner Notes
Scott Avett   Artwork
Dana Nielsen   Engineer
Dolphus Ramseur   Management
Julianne Blackburn   Calligraphy

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