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Reuniting with Rick Rubin, the brothers explore the beauty of heartbreak. Gorgeous acoustic ballads like “I Wish I Was” and “Fisher Road to Hollywood” are wrought with emotion, while the crunchy distortion of “Satan Pulls the String” and stomping beat of “Ain’t No Man” are celebratory anthems of survival and rebellion. Yet, the most memorable moments on True Sadness—like “Mama, I Don’t Believe” and “No Hard Feelings”—are somewhere between the highs and lows, when the Avetts channel Tom Petty’s bittersweet, Wildflowers-era Americana.

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This album is going to be amazing

You can’t expect any person, let alone 7 artists to have the same sound for 15+ years. The Avett Brothers are evolving their sound. It’s a pleasure to evolve with them. Ain’t No Man is an inspiring change of pace and I cannot wait to hear what else they have to offer. They will always be my favorite band because they are both so humble and unique.

Uh... What just happened?

The Avett Brothers introduced us to a highly unusual Bluegrass fusion in their early years- it had everything from traditional Folk and Ragtime charm, to sweet ballads, to Roots music played with a volume and intensity that would put many Hardcore Punk bands to shame. They were experimental in every way they should have been, bringing us an old sound with a youthful energy. Albums like Mignonette and Four Thieves Gone are still amongst my favorite contemporary Folk albums today. And with a killer live show that makes The Clash look like a bunch of schoolgirls, it was impossible not to love them.

Once I and Love and You hit, the band coasted down a little. It was softer, sweeter, more gentle. Lots of piano and acoustic guitar rather than aggressively pummeled banjo. It was a good change of pace, but ever since, I've always felt they lacked what made them so great in the first place. The music was getting closer to Country-Rock and farther from the widely diverse sound from them I had come to love.

And then I heard this and part of my soul died. Ladies and gentlemen, we have lost The Avett Brothers.

With a stomp and clap beat backing an electric bass, it sounds like a cheap jingle that is more fitting of an Apple commercial than anything. And then the gospel choir comes in and I'm completely lost. It sounds like a very obvious grab for a radio single. It lacks every bit of charm that The Avett Brothers had before. It's a terrible, no good, very bad song.

It seems that The Avett's are more content to go in a commercial, cleaned up, sanitized sound than to explore the fresh and unique take on Americana they had before. If you're going to pay money for an Avett Brothers album, do yourself a favor and buy A Carolina Jubilee, or Mignonette, or even Country Was. Anything in their early catalogue. Anything but this.

I'd rate it zero if I could. Sorry guys, this was one huge miss of a track.

For the "fans" who are already hating...

Seriously? You're giving this album 1-3 stars because there's a clap track or a more electric sound? You're probably the same people who hated Mumford and Sons new album because there wasn't a kick drum in sight. You can't keep these artist pigeon holed in a certain box or genre. When have the Avett Brothers not given us wonderful music? Every single album they've ever put out has been slightly different then the one before. Have some faith and get over yourselves.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Concord, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Avett Brothers' music has roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, but also captures the high spirits and no-boundaries attitude of rock & roll -- which is appropriate, since rock is where Scott Avett and Seth Avett first cut their teeth as musicians. Although siblings Scott (vocals, banjo) and Seth (vocals, guitar) began making music together as children, their group's genesis began when they were members of Nemo, a rock band that gigged regularly in Greenville, North Carolina. Looking for another...
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