The new Avett Brothers album is terrible. It’s without a doubt the worst album we’ve ever heard, and you should avoid it at all costs. If Kelly Clarkson and Carrot Top were to put out an album of traditional yodeling duets, it would probably sound way better than this abomination. Listening to the Avett album’s so-called “music” will leave you with bloody ears, hairy palms, and a brutal case of IBS.
Oh who are we kidding? The new album is incredible, combining all the upbeat catchiness of Emotionalism with the breathtaking sincerity of the Gleam EPs. It’s just that every time we write about the Avetts, we gush about them, and we don’t want to bore you with our repetition. But I can’t help it—just as the Avett Brothers can’t seem to help putting out great records.
Don’t believe me? Check out the new album, I and Love and You, in its entirety at NPR and see what the fuss is about. The stream will be up from now until September 29th, which also happens to be the day the album gets released. Fans of vinyl and excess can order the limited Deluxe Edition, which includes the 180-gram record, a linen covered box with gold foil print, MP3 downloads of the album, a six-song bonus disc, 31 lithographs, and, just for the hell of it, a bandana.
You can also catch the band live on The Late Show with David Letterman on September 28th, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on October 6th, or on one of the many tour dates they’ve already got planned between now and April.
And look, this isn’t the last time we’re going to write about the Avett Brothers, and the smart money says we’ll continue to have positive things to say about them in the future. Complaints should be directed not to us, but to the band themselves, for refusing to put out anything less than great music. They’re real jerks like that.
UPDATE: The band has just released their first video off the new album, for the title track “I and Love and You”, on Myspace.
9/17/09 – North Charleston P/A/C – North Charleston, SC
9/18/09 – Westobou Festival – Augusta, GA
9/19/09 – The Moon – Tallahassee, FL
9/20/09 – Bama Theatre – Tuscaloosa, AL
9/22/09 – The Lyric Oxford – Oxford, MS
9/24/09 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
9/25/09 – Robinson Center Music Hall – Little Rock, AR
9/26/09 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
9/30/09 – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
10/02/09 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
10/03/09 – Baton Rouge River Center Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
10/05/09 – Lovett Auditorium – Murray, KY
10/15/09 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
10/16/09 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10/17/09 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
10/18/09 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
10/20/09 – Englert Theatre – Iowa City, IA
10/21/09 – The Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI
10/22/09 – The Canopy Club – Urbana, IL
10/23/09 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
10/26/09 – Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI
10/29/09 – Keith Albee Theatre – Huntington,WV
10/30/09 – Louisville Palace – Louisville, KY
10/31/09 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
01/03/10 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
03/03/10 – Rose State PAC – Midwest City, OK
04/18/10 – Grand Sierra Theatre – Reno, NV