I'm torn with this album. It's pretty. It's weak.
I fell in love with The Avetts on Emotionalism and I've had to compare every subsequent album with that one, which is rather unfair, but unfortunately true. So, listening to this album, I feel soothed and comforted and I think most of the melodies are really nice, but the whole thing lacks the drama that made Emotionalism so great. The songs here are rather bouyant and charming, and that's not really something I should fault them for, but after one listen, I thought to myself, "That was nice, but it's sort of hollow." None of the songs, save for "February Seven," really impacted me emotioanlly, and that's telling for a band that created an album just four years ago on which every song resonated with me in some way. Perhaps I'll change my mind in time, but as it stands, this is a very forgettable, if pleasant, folk-rock record from the Bros. Avett.