ARTIST: The Avett Brothers
TITLE: A Carolina Jubilee
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Pretty Girl from Raleigh, Me and God
LINEUP: Seth Avett. Scptt Avett. Bob Crawford, Joe Kwon
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The brothers go down-home, crossing old time music with intriguing lyrical ideas and some rock motifs (but not really a rock sound).
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It could be said that this is the first real, honest Avett Brothers album that didn’t have any connection to their previous incarnation in the rock / punk vein.
But the spirit is still there, as they’re freewheeling with keeping the lyrics away from strictly old-time tropes as the banjos and double bass play along. They do sound like they’re having a good time, which is most of the battle in this genre.
The songwriting lacks in a few places, though, and sometimes they draw from the same well too often. Also, the last cut may have been great for the brothers to add, but a recording from their kitchen when they were in grade school isn’t something you want to listen to, really.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There are three “Pretty Girl From” songs on here.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Early copies of the CD had two extra songs..
GRADE: B: Good, not tremendous, but it’s interesting to see when they really turned the corner into full time old time.