The Avett Brothers – Mignonette

ARTIST: The Avett Brothers         220px-Mignonette_album

TITLE:  Mingonette



SINGLES: Swept Away

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: There are three more ‘Pretty Girl’ songs

LINEUP: Seth Avett, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, Bonnie Avett Rini

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Avett Brothers are solidly in a folk / bluegrass idiom with great harmonies and songwriting featuring sister Bonnie. But it’s LONG.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s great that a band has a lot of material – but in the CD era, it led to excesses. At 73 minutes, this record demonstrates that even with a lot of good to great material, it’s best to trim off the fat.

There are a couple of tracks that can go – silly goofs that add nothing to the proceedings, given that the band sounds like they are having fun with fun songs anyway. Those tracks just get in the way of everything and disturb the flow. Fortunately, those tracks are the minority.

As for the others – there’s great banjo and mandolin picking, great harmonies, and it sounds like a backyard party. Good times.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The song “Signs” was written by their father Jim Avett, in the 70’s


GRADE: A-: Trim it a bit, and it’s an “A”. Heck of a fun time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s