ARTIST: The Avett Brothers
YEAR RELEASED: 2004
CHART ACTION: None
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
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Trim it a bit, and it’s an “A”. Heck of a fun time.