The Avett Brothers
Emotionalism


4.5
superb

Review

by Billy Cranston USER (2 Reviews)
August 25th, 2009 | 25 replies | 12,389 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Avett Brothers blend bluegrass, pop, and rock seamlessly into an awesome emotional journey of an album.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

To be completely honest, I had never heard of The Avett Brothers before this album; despite the fact that they hail from Charlotte, North Carolina, my own hometown. The simple fact that I had never heard of them intrigued me greatly, and even today, they are conspicuously absent from the typical Indie listener's catologue. The Avett Brothers seem to use this factor to their advantage in Emotionalism, where they combine Bluegrass, Beatles-stylings pop, and Folk music to create an Emotional Roller-Coaster ride through their charming obscurity.

The album starts off with "Die Die Die", a song about what comes after death. The Avett Brothers immediately jump into the tough topics with this start, yet they pull it off magnificently. It starts off with a charming verse and chorus and then explodes into vocal overlays and harmonies. It begins to satire these songs about life after death (or lack thereof) subtly poking fun at the seriousness of the issue with their child-like attitude regarding the subject. The next few tracks blend almost seamlessly into each other with undeniably catchy and accessible tunes like "Shame" and "The Weight of Lies". Each song complete with their own quirkiness and character. The Banjo-picking and vocal interludes of "Paranoia in B-Flat Major" show off the versatility of the band, which sounds like what Sinatra would sound like if he grew up in the Carolinas. The bridge of the song introduces incredibly high-pitched la-dee-das as the brothers harmonize and show off their vocal abilities.

As the album progresses the brothers exhibit their songwriting maturity in "The Ballad of Love and Hate". As the track title suggests, it's a ballad...and a very good one at that. The brothers use personification to present Love as a forgiving, patient wife and Hate as an inconsiderate alcoholic, husband:

--
Love writes a letter and sends it to hate.
My vacations ending. I'm coming home late.
The weather was fine and the ocean was great
and I can't wait to see you again.

Hate reads the letter and throws it away.
"No one here cares if you go or you stay.
I barely even noticed that you were away.
I'll see you or I won't, whatever."
--

The album gets no weaker towards the end, with great tracks such as "All my Mistakes" and "Living of Love" showcasing the band's musicianship and technical skill. Every song has it's own uniqueness and originality, yet still following the theme of Emotionalism. Beautiful harmony and melody are commonplace throughout the album, which results in a very accessible and rewarding piece of art that is Emotionalism. The only small critique I have, and the only thing keeping this from being a classic is that it can get a little corny at times. Still, I urge you to try out The Avett Brothers' Emotionalism, as the blugrass/pop stylings and arrangements will have you coming back for more.


user ratings (142)
Chart.
4.2
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Plinkertons
August 25th 2009



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review numero dos, I hope you enjoy it...but I really want you to enjoy the album.

Tits McGee
August 25th 2009



1876 Comments


nice review for a pleasant album. "Will You Return" is incredible

Plinkertons
August 30th 2009



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will you Return is probably my favorite, closely followed by Shame.

bears
October 6th 2009



106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums ever. Saw these guys 3 times in NC, my home. i fell in love with their music. Beautiful album, i have yet to hear i and love and you.

Plinkertons
October 7th 2009



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I and Love and You is better.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 7th 2009



3752 Comments


SPIN adore these guys, ill check em out.

Digging: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days Of Abandon

Plinkertons
October 7th 2009



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check out "I and Love and You" and review it, it needs the attention.

bears
October 27th 2009



106 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I should review it. I just got I an love and you. It is realy good. But i dont think it tops this.

Plinkertons
October 28th 2009



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought about reviewing, and even got half of it done. Still haven't finished it.

DavidPwnsNoobs
April 23rd 2010



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it was enough to touch me, i really enjoyed this album. the new stuff's not bad either.

DeafMetal
June 10th 2011



8583 Comments


great album

Bron-Yr-Aur
July 7th 2011



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

okay so i was wrong about my reasons for us fallin' out of love i wanna fall back in



Bron-Yr-Aur
July 7th 2011



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UodFTvhYQfk

patrickfannon
August 6th 2011



884 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I could listen to this album every day for the rest of my life and never tire of it.

sixthgoldenticket
September 17th 2011



1176 Comments


the ballad of love and hate is one of the best songs ever

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2012



23625 Comments


I heard this shit is up my alley

I love when shit is up my alley

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

cb123
May 27th 2012



1957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such a great album

DeafMetal
May 28th 2012



8583 Comments


ye

drewcordova
October 5th 2012



705 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's easy to give hyperbolic statements about his album because of the emotional connection that it makes. Really though, the album is fantastic.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
November 14th 2012



1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules hard.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy