The Avett Brothers have been a mainstay in the indie/hipster/folk/rock/pop landscape over the past several years. You may have even heard them on shows like Friday Night Lights or seen them perform live with Bob Dylan and Mumford and Sons on the Grammy Awards. Their 2009 release, I and Love and You, was received well with most critics, myself included.
Now they are back in 2016 with their brand new album, True Sadness, and the accolades have already started to roll in. Their debut single off the album, “Ain’t No Man”, has earned them their first Billboard #1 (Adult Alternative Chart) after a decade of being together.
The album itself is full of some real highs and some real “meh” moments for me. Although I always appreciate a band going outside of their comfort zone, the psychedelic sounds that show up in multiple tracks, “You Are Mine” for example, feel out of place. Also with tracks like “Satan Pulls the Strings”, it feels almost as if they overthought a song that truly had a ton of potential if it was left more raw and folksy.
The high points come in when The Avett Brothers do what they do best. “I Wish I Was” is a beautiful track both musically and lyrically and both “Victims of Life” and “Divorce Separation Blues” provide humorous, yet poignant takes on serious life subjects. The final track, “May It Last”, does prove that The Avett Brothers can do well with some production, but only if it’s done right, in this case it was.
Like I said, I do give credit to The Avett Brothers for getting outside of their comfort zone. How will you know what you’re capable of without some experimentation right? There are certainly some solid tracks on True Sadness. As for the rest? You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Pick up True Sadness by The Avett Brothers on iTunes now.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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