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MUSIC REVIEWS: Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Avett Brothers
In the months leading up to this album’s release, singer Scott Avett listed Soundgarden and Nirvana as key influences, promising that “The Carpenter” would be louder than the band’s early work. That may be so, but the best moments on this folk-rock record arrive whenever the guys turn off their amps and pick up their acoustic instruments.
“Winter in My Heart” is a slow-moving ballad about heartbreak on the Fourth of July, set to a soundtrack of vocal harmonies and sweeping strings. “Live and Die” picks up the tempo, delivering a pop song disguised as a bluegrass hoedown, and “Down With the Shine” finds the boys riding an easygoing groove built upon the banjo and accordion.
With Rick Rubin acting as producer, you would expect the rock songs to have more oomph. They don’t. They are too clean, too polished for a band that built its reputation on loud, ragged roots music.
The band’s unplugged songs have enough down-home grit to keep this ship afloat. Whenever the guys play to their strengths, there is nothing but smooth sailing.
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