Magpie And The Dandelion CD (2013)

Artist: Avett Brothers

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 254903237
UPC 602537535620
UPC 14 00602537535620
Format CD
Release Date 10/15/2013
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Author Avett Brothers
Compilation Appearance Friday Night Lights Volume 2 (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Friday Night Lights Volume 2 (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance Another Day Another Time:celebrating
Technical Info
CatalogID B 001922202
Lable Name American Recordings (USA)
Released 10/15/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 5s
UPC 00602537535620
Album Notes and Credits
Recorded at the same sessions that produced 2012's The Carpenter, 2013's Magpie and the Dandelion doesn't play like leftovers, which is to the credit of both the Avett Brothers and their producer Rick Rubin. Magpie and the Dandelion consciously evokes past Americana, stretching back beyond the Band but anchored there, often incorporating a harder-rocking edge reminiscent of former Rubin patrons Black Crowes. The key to appreciating the Avett Brothers is to realize they see themselves as heirs to this tradition, happy to accentuate their rustic roots with banjos and weary harmonies because they suggest authenticity. Where their real strength lies is not in instrumental virtuosity or song (although many of the tunes here are sturdy enough) but rather in feel: they capture an indistinct past where guitars are an enduring virtue. Perhaps the Avetts are best when they run a little bit loose and ragged, letting the tempos push a little bit hard, allowing their harmonies to clash and happy to have their loose ends remain untied. Often, this means that the ballads are just a shade too tidy -- they're mannered in a way almost none of the rest of the record is -- but still Magpie and the Dandelion underscores how the appeal of the Avett Brothers remains in their indebtedness to the past without being bogged down by its legacy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Rubin's influence shines on 'Vanity,' a song about ambition and self-doubt, where rumbling power chords light a fire..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.64) - "[T]he banjo-plucking folk-rockers manage to sing about ambivalence with engaging romanticism." -- Grade: B
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Filled with tearful ballads and ragged-trousered country....A jewel..."
Disc 1
1 Open Ended Life
2 Morning Song
3 Never Been Alive
4 Another is Waiting
5 Bring Your Love To Me
6 Good To You
7 Part From Me
8 Skin and Bones
9 Souls Like the Wheels
10 Vanity
11 Clearness is Gone, The
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Artist Avett Brothers
Label Universal Music Group

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