Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reviews:: The Avett Brothers Gleam II

I made mention of the lead single from The Avett Brothers new EP - Gleam II - earlier in the week, but Scott and Seth really deserve a bit more press after sitting down with the new release. For new fans of the band, the songs on Gleam II might seem like a drastic change of style. Gone are the rawkus, rollicking numbers. Gone is any sort of bass. Gone is most of the energy you equate to the NC band.

In their place are graceful, emotional confessionals that burn with a quiet intensity. The common themes are the same; love, death and family, but the delivery shows restraint and growth. A twinkle of piano, dueling guitars and banjo provide the most fragile supports for Seth and Scott to sing over and the result is incredibly powerful.

Most people are looking forward to the band's major label debut with Rick Rubin, but this EP is a perfect thank you for the fans that have followed the band over the years. The songs are sing-along waiting to happen; ones you play with your friends when the guitars come out after too many drinks and restraint gives way to bliss. Chances are working with Rubin will make these small town boys into big city stars that open for even bigger stars, but when you sit down and listen to Gleam II, you remember long family drives, growing up and falling in love and getting run over for the first time.

Posted at 11:44 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

This is a great disc. Murder in the City is one of their best songs ever.


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