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Second Gleam CD (2008)

Artist: Avett Brothers

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Low-key, stripped-down acoustic country-folk

by on 8/21/2008

As the Avett Brothers pack their bags for the big time of American Recordings and Rick Rubin, they've left this six-song EP as a capstone to their five years on the indie Ramseur label. Unlike the fuller, rock-inflected country-folk productions of last year's "Emotionalism," their latest is pared back to just the brothers, their guitars and a banjo. Bassist Bob Crawford is absent, the vocals are mostly solo and the lyrics are pushed up front, with instruments providing a setting rather than active elements of the songs. The result is more like a songwriter's circle than a studio recording, leaning more heavily on the tunes than the performances. The six songs (clocking in at just under 21 minutes) are thoughtful, direct and personal, covering themes of growing up and letting go, romantic desire, brotherly considerations of family, and some philosophical wonderings. The brothers finger-picking is particularly fetching on "Bella Donna," a song of innocent teenage longing that winningly brings to mind Alex Chilton's "Thirteen." The Avett's capture a frankness, in their writing, singing, playing and production that's startling in its quiet power. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2008 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Track Listing
1. Tear Down the House
2. Murder in the City
3. Bella Donna
4. The Greatest Sum (acoustic)
5. Black, Blue
6. St. Joseph's
7. Souls Like the Wheels
8. The Greatest Sum (electric)


Label Ramseur Records/red
SKU 208342711
UPC 775020871120
UPC 14 00775020871120
Format CD
Release Date 7/22/2008
Author Avett Brothers
Artist Bio
The Avett Brothers"It costs nothing to be honest, loyal and true."If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you're lucky, their laughter. If you're almost anywhere in America, you'll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven't heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration.It is not New Year's, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band.The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that's left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That's the commotion, that's the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that's what you'll find.
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Artist Avett Brothers
Label Ramseur Rec.
Music Format Compact Disc

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