The Avett Brothers – Carolina Jubilee

ARTIST: The Avett Brothers         220px-carolinajubilee

TITLE:  A Carolina Jubilee




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.

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