Producing a rather quick turnaround to the 2012 release of ‘The Carpenter’, blues-folk band The Avett Brothers offer their latest album ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’, featuring more of the band’s much loved blues, folk, indie and rock styling of music. Featuring a wonderful array of simple, upbeat and enjoyable songs, The Avett Brothers once again display a resounding brilliance and understanding of what works when it comes to creating enjoyable songs for everyone. On ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’ there is an element somewhat of the album itself not being much of an advancement of the bands’ previous effort ‘The Carpenter’, but considering how much just works on ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’, it is a forgivable element.
The Avett Brothers over the course of their career have displayed a brilliant range of song-writing and creativity, with their music being stuck somewhat in the roots of blues-folk, whilst at the same time exploring additional options and ideas. There’s always been a lovely range of dynamics in The Avett Brothers music, ranging from upbeat rock tracks and gentle acoustic ballads. On ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’, The Avett Brothers continue down this same vein, producing once again another upbeat and enjoyable album that shows a range in dynamics and style. It’s quintessentially everything one would expect from The Avett Brothers, though in a way that works well for them, rather than suggesting the band are simply repeating past successes.
The only problem one might find with ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’ is in how it seems to display a little less creativity than some of The Avett Brothers’ previous albums, such as ‘I And Love And You’ and ‘The Carpenter’ which seemed to balance upbeat rock tracks with gentle acoustic tracks. On ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’ there is certainly a range, though it doesn’t seem to be as strong as the bands’ previous albums. Although musically and creatively, there’s nothing essentially wrong with ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’, it simply just doesn’t come across as one of the bands’ more stronger and better album efforts.
‘Magpie And The Dandelion’ is by no means a weak album, but considering some of the creative ideas we’ve seen from The Avett Brothers on their past records, it feels that perhaps the band could have done much more on ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’ than what is present. It is by no means the band’s weakest album, but considering the strengths of some of their previous efforts, it doesn’t seem to live up to the standard that The Avett Brothers have set for themselves. Fans of The Avett Brothers will most likely find a lot to enjoy from the album, which does feature some great tracks, but a much more preferable effort would be one that sees the band really pushing themselves creatively.
- ★★★☆☆ 3/5
- Open-Ended Life
- Morning Song
- Good To You
- Part Of Me
The Avett Brothers’ latest album ‘Magpie And The Dandelion’ is set for release on 15th October 2013.