Love loves to love love.
Another Great Album from a Great Band
By Elvis meets Godzilla
Great music! Smart, thoughtful lyrics. Extremely well written statement on the times in which we live, set to beautiful music. It’s an album for people who exercise conscious thought. It’s not ‘elevator music’. If the Avett Brothers were going to make a political album, I’d want it to sound like this. It’s perfect!
They seem to strayed from their roots. It’s no longer simple love songs and poetic story telling. It’s a shame that I can’t listen to my favorite band without politics being shoved down my throat.
Decide what to be and go be it
I love that you can hear the evolution of the band in every album. I respect how hard it must be to reinvent your music every time you make an album. The Avett Brothers always connect with me with every album including this one. Thank you Avett Brothers for making art.
When your life doesn't change by the man whose elected.
By Lord c ou
Best songs are personal, simple and true. This just missed the mark.
Never take criticism from people you wouldn't ask advice from!
Never take sides against the family again!! (Merica)
Glad I didn’t buy it.
I am glad I bought all their albums prior to the true sadness though. They peaked with magpie. Sorry, not sorry. Just another pop group now, trying to use their fame to push their political views. They aren’t that important. Pure garbage music. Glad I didn’t buy this one.
Your previous albums spoke such volumes to every person-no political charges. I’ve followed AB since 2009. Sad. I hope to hear more “Open Ended Life” , “Kick Drum my heart”, “ May it Last” etc. I understand the need to get political and express those opinions, but sometimes, we want a break from all that and just listen to music and tap our toes and fingers to great music and let the crap melt away.
not sure about this one
I've loved their music forever. I knew when they released the statement about this album that I might not love the lyrics on the more political songs. Didn't anticipate that the music would be bad on it too. Still only two songs out, so hopefully even if we don't agree with every political stance they take the music on the other songs will be better.
update: After listening to the full album I think musically and lyrically this album misses the mark. I don't mind listening to artists who I disagree with if the lyrics are crafted in a way to make you think. Unfortunately there is very little subltelty to these lyrics. Based on their past work I expected the Avett's to present us with an early Bob Dyan type album that challenged the status quo with excellent and cleverly written lines. Not what this is. This isn't artistry, it's a sledge hammer, and it will just divide the fan base into low reviews and high reviews. Musically it's pretty far from what you expect from the Avett's as well. Certainly still a fan. But if this particular album was released by a different band I don't think most of us would have purchased it. Rating this as art, not as a political statement. Looking forward to checking out their next release.
Miss the old Avetts
The Avett Brothers have been my wife and Is favorite band for some time now. Love going to see them at Red Rocks amphitheater. (Amazing in concert). They are GREAT road tripping music. Just sit back relax and listen to great artists sing and play great songs. They have always been a great escape for me from this messed up awful world. Now this... This album is one of the biggest disappointments of my lifetime. I thought they would be the last ones to give in to this socio political crap. I get that in every other aspect of life. Work, Sports, movies, Tv, other music, social media... You can’t escape it. Now in my favorite band as well... :(
By The Respectful Critic
I have been a fan for at least 12 years. Always loved their stuff.
However, this album is.....not good. It’s just not.
Nothing like their previous work.
It’s like bad elevator music mixed with children’s poetry.
I wish them much success but man, this album is just bad.