Depature from grace
The melodic harmony and simple truth that was in their previous works has gone in a haze of political nonsense and serious and profound change to their sound.
Like sitting down to your favorite meal only to find it was made with spolied ingredients. Its still technically them, but its not. They are something else now. If you like classic Avett brothers you will not like this nonsense to much Los Angeles and not enough Real America.
Artists Take Risks..
By Wandering Hawk
I think that, for me, there were songs on the album seemed like a departure from the rawness and simple charms of a band.. This band has grown a ton and their songs reflect all of the feelings attached to being an American. It is harsh and diverse, it is also sweet and sincere. It is not like we live in the song “Amazing Grace.” The landscape that we encounter as Americans and it is poetic.. In order to be an artist and avoid mediocrity, artists take risks. To be an artist that grows, you need to bare your heart and soul.
Thanks for writing some songs that make us think feel and wonder. I have always counted on you for that.
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.