Your previous albums spoke such volumes to every person-no political charges. I’ve followed AB since 2009. Sad. I hope to hear more “Open Ended Life” , “Kick Drum my heart”, “ May it Last” etc. I understand the need to get political and express those opinions, but sometimes, we want a break from all that and just listen to music and tap our toes and fingers to great music and let the crap melt away.
not sure about this one
I've loved their music forever. I knew when they released the statement about this album that I might not love the lyrics on the more political songs. Didn't anticipate that the music would be bad on it too. Still only two songs out, so hopefully even if we don't agree with every political stance they take the music on the other songs will be better.
update: After listening to the full album I think musically and lyrically this album misses the mark. I don't mind listening to artists who I disagree with if the lyrics are crafted in a way to make you think. Unfortunately there is very little subltelty to these lyrics. Based on their past work I expected the Avett's to present us with an early Bob Dyan type album that challenged the status quo with excellent and cleverly written lines. Not what this is. This isn't artistry, it's a sledge hammer, and it will just divide the fan base into low reviews and high reviews. Musically it's pretty far from what you expect from the Avett's as well. Certainly still a fan. But if this particular album was released by a different band I don't think most of us would have purchased it. Rating this as art, not as a political statement. Looking forward to checking out their next release.
Miss the old Avetts
The Avett Brothers have been my wife and Is favorite band for some time now. Love going to see them at Red Rocks amphitheater. (Amazing in concert). They are GREAT road tripping music. Just sit back relax and listen to great artists sing and play great songs. They have always been a great escape for me from this messed up awful world. Now this... This album is one of the biggest disappointments of my lifetime. I thought they would be the last ones to give in to this socio political crap. I get that in every other aspect of life. Work, Sports, movies, Tv, other music, social media... You can’t escape it. Now in my favorite band as well... :(
By The Respectful Critic
I have been a fan for at least 12 years. Always loved their stuff.
However, this album is.....not good. It’s just not.
Nothing like their previous work.
It’s like bad elevator music mixed with children’s poetry.
I wish them much success but man, this album is just bad.
Have loved most everything these guys have put out until this It’s disappointing when artist get political. It’s divisive, especially in the current. political climate. I don’t care for the music either....I prefer their livelier tunes.....more banjo! Only purchased a couple of songs after listening to the album. Not their best.
Great Music Overall
By Mountie Maniac
Yes this album is probably the bands most political. That said, their message if you actually dig into the entire songs are just about how we should all try to love and care for each other move. It is sadly just a sign of our times that just because at surface level they appear pretty one sided people are rating the album so low rather than listen to all the words and digging into the songs.
Forever one of my favorite bands.
Painful to listen to
By Josh Henson
I should have known this album was going to be more so like the last few and not a return to form. With the exception of the opening track, this album is garbage. Too many monologues, political nonsense and boring arrangements. Goodbye AB. I’m over you.
Longtime fan of the Avett Brothers. Seen them live twice. I could only listen to this album once through. Political messages aside, it’s just a bunch of monologues and boring lyrics. Nothing but refrains over and over.
It's About the Music, Man
Free expression for the artists and for those who review the artists. Their job is to express and our job is to like it or not. Both are equally valid. I happen to kind of dig the tunes and the weird spoken word, even though it is a little much at times. It's good.
Just plain bad
By Moss Dad
Love these guys. Unfortunately all but two songs are pure junk.
Anybody who's giving this more than 1 or 2 starts has an agenda.
Just bad music period.