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The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism

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The Avett BrothersEmotionalism
Record Label: Ramseur Records
Release Date: May 15, 2007

The Avett Brothers don’t like labels. The two siblings (along with bassist Bob Crawford) want each person to form a musical opinion independent of some genre or classification. True, part (most) of my job is describing the type of music one could expect to hear on records. However, I will try and honor The Avett Brothers and never pigeonhole Emotionalism into a certain musical category. I will simply make it clear that this is a fantastic record full of upright bass, piano, nonfiction songwriting and banjo(!!).

I know what’s running through your mind; “Blake, you’re an idiot. This is a folky bluegrass record.” Silence! I swore not to mention such things in this article. But I guess since you, the reader, said that, it’s ok to leave in. I’m a man (small boy) of the people.

All three members of The Avett Brothers croon. There is no singing on Emotionalism, for I feel that word wouldn’t do the record justice. Seth Avett has one of the most refreshing voices to hit the South. He can smoothly wail on slower songs (“The Ballad of Love And Hate”) and has no trouble getting knees a slappin’ on the poppier sing-alongs (“Pretty Girl From San Diego”).

The Avett Brothers give everyday situations lovely musical accompaniments. “Will You Return” questions if two lovers will cross paths again to a raucous banjo melody and advanced-“chopsticks” style piano. “Shame” is highlighted by rough harmonies and a ghostly organ, faintly reminding yours truly of The Format. And much like Dog Problems, Emotionalism is a dark, personal record, regardless of the simple music. No ballads about a memorable wedding day or taffy pulls make appearances. Harmonica-laced “Go To Sleep” is a fine example of the deceptive nature of these songs. Over lalalas and cheery piano, Avett details serious trials and tribulations: “Twenty-one days / lost at sea I fought / For twenty-two years non-stop I've talked / Through the desert / pissed drunk, and confused I walked / I spit a tooth in the palm of my hand.”

Emotionalism is no walk in the park, but it might be good for a walk in the park. Get it? Let this one sink in. The Avett Brothers don’t create music for the “I’m late to work. I’m gonna grab a Nutragrain bar” crowd. They make music for the few people who still make oatmeal in the morning and prefer open windows to noisy air conditioners. None of those old-fashioned things describe me. But after a few more months with Emotionalism, they might.

Recommended If You Like: The Format, Ryan Adams, walking sticks, David Shultz, icky girls, Sammy Walker and pretty much the whole Ramseur Records family

Noteworthy Linkswww.myspace.com/theavettbrothers
www.ramseurrecords.net
 
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11:21 PM on 06/18/07
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Julia Conny
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Sounds interesting. I might give them a whirl.
03:53 AM on 06/19/07
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Haha, what a review.
07:05 AM on 06/19/07
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Can I still enjoy it if I like high-tech, quiet AC?
08:07 AM on 06/19/07
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Awesome review, yet again.
08:11 AM on 06/19/07
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this is one of the most original bands out there at the moment. even if "bluegrass" isnt your thing i still suggest checking these guys out.
08:14 AM on 06/19/07
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Great closer to the review.
08:34 AM on 06/19/07
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There is nothing like them live - their energy and musicianship is amazing. They have a really intense and fantastic live show - everyone should give them a chance live either way because you might surprise yourself. I got into them after seeing them live and don't think the album would have sounded the same otherwise - they have a live album as well --
08:47 AM on 06/19/07
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Amazing band...NC represent!
09:00 AM on 06/19/07
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This album hasn't left my CD player in a month. This band is so wonderful.

There is nothing like them live - their energy and musicianship is amazing. They have a really intense and fantastic live show - everyone should give them a chance live either way because you might surprise yourself. I got into them after seeing them live and don't think the album would have sounded the same otherwise - they have a live album as well --

Agreed. Seeing them live was one of the most amazing experiences ever.
09:08 AM on 06/19/07
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Nice review, good record.
09:16 AM on 06/19/07
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if you haven't heard them before, i'd recommend checking out their album Mignonette first
10:35 AM on 06/19/07
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Awesome band, awesome album.




and there from NC, which is great.
10:52 AM on 06/19/07
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i really like this album, check it out. watch some live vids on youtube too, they've got a pretty cool set-up.
02:39 PM on 06/19/07
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if you haven't heard them before, i'd recommend checking out their album Mignonette first

I'm listening to Mignonette today, actually. :)

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