“We are headed north.”
It’s all right there in the first verse of the first song of the first major label album by the Avett Brothers. This band of foot-stomping, string-breaking renegades from Concord, NC, were moving on up — creatively, artistically and, yes, commercially. But “I and Love and You” is not a sell-out album. It’s a growth album. All the emotionalism is still there; but the boys — Seth & Scott Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon — are maturing, and asking their fans to mature with them with “I&L&Y.” This beautifully-crafted and produced album — Rick Rubin is to thank for that — is a statement album. As they sing on “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise”: “Decide what to be and go be it.” With “I and Love and You,” the Avett Brothers did just that.
References in this Epipod:
- Matt’s Memory
- Geoff Wood – Scotty McCreery
- Poster from King’s Show
- Cocaine and Rhinestones Podcast
- The Road To Now podcast
- Avett Brothers as Wizard of Oz
- Avett City Limits
- NC: how we speak
You can buy or stream I And Love And You by The Avett Brothers online at iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon.