The Avett Brothers - Magpie And The Dandelion | NPR First Listen
I gave it a listen on my way to work this morning and at first blush I like it more than I liked The Carpenter. There are some tracks where you can see Rick Rubin’s polish hasn’t quite been fully blended into their style (I really do prefer them with less production, to me it seems to suit their lyrics), but overall it reminds me a lot of Emotionalism - one of my favorite Avett albums.
The live recording of Souls Like the Wheels in the middle of the album seems odd, even if it is a gorgeous performance. If The Carpenter was about mortality, this album seems to be about forgiveness. Again, I’ve only listened once (and in traffic at that), but so far I’m pleased and I’m fully intending to keep in it heavy rotation for the next few months.