Very few bands can filter into the mainstream with their integrity intact, the exceptions albeit rare are huge (ie Arcade Fire, The Black Keys), The Avett Brothers look to be one of those exceptions with their new album The Carpenter.
I don’t care if I’m sharing the same sentiment as ten thousand Justin Bieber fans… “I And Love And You” is an amazing song no matter how you listen to it. All Avett music to date has been creative and passionate so whatever recognition they have gained is well earned. I’ve listened through the entire The Carpenter album and although not as energetic or as folky I don’t believe we have another Kings Of Leon on our hands. The new album shows that success hasn’t piled more weight on their shoulders than they can carry but the opposite, unlike Mumford And Sons, they seem to wear it well.
There are a couple of tracks which will get much more recognition than “Pretty Girl From Michigan”, there is a slight shift in The Avett Brothers sound from David Donderoesc folk to traditional country overlain with 50’s doo-wop and this tracks pull those two sounds clearly into the light.
Some bands are worth not looking down our hip noses at and The Avett Brothers and their recent success are more than worth it,The Carpenter will be here on September 11, you can stream it in it’s entirety over at NPR, take a minute to do so before passing judgement… it’s solid for sure.