It’s one of those things. Rick Rubin can either ruin your name — or make it.
I and Love and You is pure brilliance; a masterpiece constructed very much the same way an orchestra is developed. Each song is in the perfect slot, every instrument is placed behind the correct theme. The banjo is tuned up, or tuned down according to the acoustic emotion expected. The songs roll on down the album line; pulling you up and in to every sentiment they are trying to portray. Cut as flawless as a diamond, but then again do we expect anything less from Rick Rubin’s record mastering?
The album is a transitioning, not just in their ways as musicians, but as boys growing on into adulthood. It holds all the things any of us have ever felt in our mid-20s and early 30s but didn’t think anyone would understand. This album is the dedication to those years, those feelings translated into songs, so beautifully posed and never before put with such ease. All things concerning love, trust, friends, family, and the struggles within all of those — they are all dealt with here on I and Love and You. The next step is simply to listen.
Everything you thought you knew about The Avett Brothers you realize somewhere down by track seven, you really didn’t know — but you are damn sure learning.
All of this information left me with some feelings of uncertainty. Not so much doubt, but I realized that The Avett Brothers had a lot to prove. If this album were to really resonate as deep as it was meant to sit, I would need to see one hell of a live performance for me to believe all the hype.
Playing to a nearly sold out House of Blues in Boston on a snowy Sunday night, it would seem that neither the day of the week, nor the blustery weather deterred The Avetts from coming in and leaving blood, sweat, and tears up on the stage. The Avett Brothers are not just a duo; the band consists of Seth Avett, Scott Avett, and Bob Crawford. They turned the show into a quartet by adding the very talented cello player Joe Kwon. Nevertheless you would never be able to tell they are not all related, the vibes surging from their performance together was as connected as it ever could be.