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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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Album of the year

Album is now up on NPR so I finally have a chance to write a review of the whole thing.
As a long time fan of the brothers(have a friend that used to roof houses with Seth), I have been able to evolve with them, which has been understandably difficult for some fans seeking more of their older sound. That being said, I think this album should be up for album of the year. It's already one of my favorite Avett albums. It does a good job blending the old acoustic(I Wish I Was, Fisher Road) with a new, more polished, electric sound(Ain't No Man, You Are Mine). None of their previous 3 albums ranked this high with me.


This is the Avett Brothers growing their music. They have a couple of pop sounding songs that some old school fans might not like but all and all it has something for everyone. Great album!

They did it again!!

The Avett Brothers could drop a bucket on the ground and make beautiful music with it. Hands down my favorite band of all time. This song is a great start to a new album, I can't wait!!


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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