The Avett Brothers are an American band from North Carolina, made up of two brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, along with Bob Crawford. The band is most known for their songs “I and Love and You” and “Live and Die”. Their eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion, came out on Oct.15, 2013 and left many fans pleased after their anxious anticipation.
“I liked it, very much so. It was a throwback to their old stuff with a little more piano and banjo. The production was a little cleaner than their previous albums,” stated loyal fan and VB teacher Eric Heitkamp.
Being a self-proclaimed music buff myself, the album didn’t fail to satisfy my musically critical ears. Their sound is a pleasing mixture of indie rock and bluegrass, a similar feel to bands such as Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. At times they even reminded me of one of my favorite bands, The Kooks, which is a high compliment coming from me. From track 1 to track 15, the album immediately put me in a good mood, a quality I find most admirable when listening to a band or artist.
What’s unique about this album and band is that their love of music resonates through every song, giving a feeling of honesty and openness. I picture myself listening to this album as I drive down a country road with the windows down, and not a care in the world.
The album even features a live version of “Sounds like the Wind”, which I believe adds more depth because of the raw feeling that comes with live recordings. It also has four demo tracks.
Heitkamp’s favorite song is the opening track “Open Ended Life” because of the harmonicas and break down of the song. Personally, I found the song “Good to You” to be my favorite from the album.
For those looking for a new band and album to listen to, definitely give this one a try. And for those who are fans of their previous music, you won’t be disappointed.