The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
The Avett brothers Scott and Seth have been making music since 2000, but this is their major label debut. Produced by Rick Rubin, whose input guarantees a certain level of success, it’s an excellent collection of songs – an example of Americana hitmaking par excellence – even if it does lack the wayward, ragged charm of previous efforts.
The democratic split of vocal and songwriting responsibilities throws up a curious but entertaining amalgam of influences ranging from bluegrass and straight-up country to 60s beat pop and indie rock. The title track is superb: a gut-wrenching, dynamic piano ballad that hurts in all the right places.