I and Love and You (2009)
The Avett Brothers
I eagerly anticipated this album. Two summers before it came out, I discovered The Avett Brothers via a friend who I worked with. In my town there was a cult following of the group. Everyone was excited Rick Rubin started to work with The Avett Bros, giving them main street viability. This raised another question about whether or not was going to affect their music. The Avett Brothers’ style was not tailored for mainstream success. Everyone knew this step was going to change their music, but we wondered how much it would change and if this new version would be as good.
The reviews by my friends have been greatly mixed. Some of my friends think it is their best album to date, while others think it is their worst and wish they return to their hardcore folk roots. I am on the side of those who liked the album, but this belief is with a small caveat. …