Magazine article U.S. Catholic

I and Love and You

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

I and Love and You

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I AND LOVE AND YOU

The Avert Brothers (Sony, 2009)

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The Avett Brothers are a sibling pair from North Carolina that for several years has been building a reputation as bluegrass and-folk-inspired singer-songwriters. Most of the buzz has been about their live shows, at which the brothers (joined by an unrelated bassist) play banjo and guitar with their hands and bass drum and high-hat cymbal with their feet. Lately they've also been joined by a cellist.

But that's not the band you'll find on I and Love and You, the Brothers' first major-label recording. There are splashes of banjo, and one full-fledged hoedown, but mostly we get piano-driven songs with Beatle-worthy melodies. The media attention for this disc has focused on the role of producer Rick Rubin, the metal and rap guy who resurrected the careers of Johnny Cash and, for some unknowable reason, Neil Diamond.

But the real stars of this show are the Avett's classic brother harmonies and lyrics that traffic in moral and spiritual verities as ancient as their native hills. …

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