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The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You - Columbia

Blending their acoustic folk tendencies with an abandon and spirit of a punk rock act, The Avett Brothers grew to prominence due in part to their raucous, high-energy live shows. They've also been prolific writers and road-warriors for nearly 10 years now. And on their major label debut, I And Love And You, which is produced by Rick Rubin, the Avett Brothers propel their irreplaceable brand of folk-rock to a new level.

The setting of the new album appears a little more polished and refined, yet the honesty of the Avett Brothers is not lost on I And Love And You. The music on the new album has the power to stop you in your tracks. From the opening notes of the title track, to the contemplative "The Perfect Space" the Avetts have written their most reflective album to date.

The unbridled enthusiasm that is such an adored trait of the Avett Brothers is channeled throughout I And Love And You. The excitable "Kick Drum Heart" is playful, three minute rollercoaster, while "Slight Figure Of Speech" melds a new-found propensity for pop with an aggressive flurry of wordplay.

I And Love And You is one of those records that we will all point to as a turning point in the career of the Avett Brothers. It has all the potential to launch the band to a new level of success, and despite those who opt to dismiss their growth as major label surrender, the truth lies internally, within the 13 new songs of I And Love And You.