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 From December 2003


The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [American]

When producing this North Carolina folk-rock band’s latest, producer Rick Ruben was likely reminded of his work on the 1994 Tom Petty album Wildflowers. Like Petty on Wildflowers, the Brothers brilliantly blend rock intensity with folk jangle, making timeless tunes with memorable melodies. Bob Crawford brings up the bottom, moving serious air through his upright. His contributions are at times stark and spare, leaving sonic space for brothers Seth and Scott Avett to play off each other. The Avetts have a knack for lyrical elegance and harmonic style, and their band, rounded out by cellist Joe Kwon, seems to have mastered the art of framing the Brothers’ work.