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Friday January 15th

Review was unfair to new album from Avett Brothers


Jordan Lawrence’s article “New Avetts a ‘major’ bore” (Oct. 1) is not at all a correct representation of the new Avetts album. I can agree that the songs on this album are much slower than many of the previous albums; however, the comment, “The Avetts babble meaninglessly about dreams just out of reach,” is completely repulsive.

With the release of “I and Love and You”, the Avett Brothers, which include Scott and Seth Avett along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon, who received absolutely no credit in the article, have been releasing a weekly video series with recordings from their Charlotte performance on Aug. 8.

In one such recording, Chapter 9 “Ill with Want,” Jim Avett, Scott and Seth’s father, comments, “brutally, brutally honest in their lyrics. If you knew, like their mother and I know, what they were going through when they wrote some of these songs, it brings tears to their mama’s eyes.”

In my experience, I have never come across another band with members who are so down to earth and humble. Anyone who listens to their lyrics can clearly tell that’s where the most effort goes.

It is true that the Rick Rubin album is different from their previous recordings, but one needs only to watch them perform these songs live to see that they have lost none of the vivacity and honesty in spreading their music to the world.

Cameron Brown

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