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The Avett Brothers build great folk tunes on ‘The Carpenter’

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 17:09

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One might say the bond between brothers is a strong one, but nothing is as strong as the bond between Scott Avett and Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers. Starting from a young age in Concord, N.C., the brothers have always played music together, but never imagined how far it would take them. From the beat of the kick drum, to the strum of the guitar and the pickin’ of the banjo, the brothers made their way to the front of the folk rock music scene. The Avett Brothers made their mainstream music premier with the Album “I and Love and You” in 2009, but last week on Sept. 11 released their new album, “The Carpenter.”

The Avett Brothers are known for their acoustic folk rock styling, but have begun to change their sound with the release of their latest album. Blending a mix of traditional country with the rock and roll of tomorrow, The Avett Brothers show just how talented they are in “The Carpenter.” Electric guitars with a little fuzz, mixed with some piano and a little banjo, really set this album apart from their past albums. Tracks such as “The Once and Future Carpenter” and “Live and Die” show Scott and Seth’s bright harmonies with powerful bursts of each other’s voices. “Through My Prayer” demonstrates the brothers’ ability to address frightening themes through instruments and vocals in a ballad of rock and country.

The best part of this album is the lyrics. In the song “Once and Future Carpenter,” the lyrics talk about being positive and loving life. The beginning of the chorus starts off, “Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me and when I lose my direction I’ll look up to the sky.” The Avett Brothers are always looking to write about relationships and that subject really shows in the song “Pretty Girl From Michigan.” The song begins with a piano ballad with lyrics that follow: “The melody behind the kiss you gave me. You were wrong, I was right, so I walked away.” These lyrics explain a relationship through the viewpoint of the brothers. Straightforward lyrics with a soft, sensitive side really make The Avett Brothers who they are.

The music is contrasted between light and dark, comedy and tragedy, fast to slow, and hard to soft. The Avett Brothers decided to take their music back to their roots and really showed their true side with “The Carpenter.”


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