Band lost it aloooong time ago
Band has become so overproduced. Sound so generic now.
As with almost all of the previous Avett albums, one listen was not enough to appreciate the depth of the album. It’s not for everyone, and that’s ok. Listen and learn or ignore and complain, we all have choices
Long time fan. This is unlistenable
Sorry guys. This one should’ve been shelved. I don’t care about any political innuendos; it’s just not good song writing.
High steppin' is a weird pop sound that is NOT AB - in it they're railing against society and it's stresses, yet the frame it in a musical context which is the exact thing which AB has NOT been.... pop. Sad.
Then they're sound moves to 'Bang Bang'. Wow. As in "wow, that's sad they'd write something like that and put it on a record." First they try to pop you out and then they try to dumb you down by preaching at you how bad commercialism is yet they frame the sound of the song in a commercialism 1920s crap piano rhythm. I get it, they're making a statement - but the music is.... not good. It's very artistic but it's upsetting that they'd dumb down their musical talents to make a point. It's like finding out Einstein wrote a piece on how the earth is flat just to prove how stupid the flat earth thing is....except in the end he sounded like he actually supported the flat earth. CRAP!
Where they struck a middle ground was 'Tell the Truth' and 'Better Here." Those two songs are the START of moving back to what AB was and should be. The remainder of the songs on this album are what I'd classify as "meh". They don't grab me and they don't keep my attention the way many of AB's previous songs did.
In summary...they could do better. They clearly became comfortable with fame with this album so maybe now they'll get back to what drew us to them to begin with - their sincerity and feeling.
A Big Miss
Sad to say but it's obvious that they are at the end of their creative lives.
Worst Avett album
If you dig a college dropout’s version of Anti-American lies, then this album is for you! Cringe-worthy, embarrassing lyrics. The Devolution has begun. Give-to-your-enemy torture music.
Old School Folk
The more I listen to this album the more I love it. Reading the reviews what you come to understand is that people have had a knee jerk reaction. There is no merit in th eargument of this album lyrically being lazy. I think some of the reaction to it is because it isnt lazy its hard to listen to. The nuance in the song We Americans is brilliant. Nobody tries to thread that needle. It is an interesting album iun that many of the songs don't contain a true chorus. Which also leads to some of the critique, asgain being misplaced, in my humble opinion. The one song that does seem misplaced is High Steppin. Thats not to say it is a bad song. It just seems like another album. This album marks a place in time. its not about the emotionalism that defies time. It is a throwback to protest and folk music of the past.
Great album and great message.
There is a lot of truth in the songs in this album.
Daring & Gorgeous
By Two Hands in the Air
Listening to these folks pour out poetry capturing the deep joy and deep fears of their hearts has always taken my breath away. Closer Than Together represents a look past introspection of oneself and encourages us to look outward towards our society.
With great power comes great responsibility, and this album speaks to this time in history. We Americans are in a dark night of the soul and we have much to answer for. Helping me through these deeply troubling times are The Avett Brothers. They remind me I have one life to live on this planet. They encourage me to be a person with integrity. To move beyond myself. To care for others. To not check out when things get too real, too hard, too painful. To say Love and be of love. To choose good over evil. If you have not heard this constant message in their music over the years, you cannot ignore it now.
Title: Hollywood Garbage
The Avett Brothers are my favorite music group, but this Album is like a knife to the heart.