The Avett Brothers: Magpie & the Dandelion
Every once in awhile, a producer becomes synonymous with a band. In the case of The Avett Brothers, at least of late, that producer has been Rick Rubin. Their latest (and eighth album overall) Magpie & the Dandelion marks their third straight studio effort with the esteemed producer. The songs on Magpie are from the sessions that produced last yearâ€™s excellent The Carpenter, and while it largely stays in fairly familiar sonic territory, the Brothersâ€™ special knack for candid songwriting shines through once again, as does the bandâ€™s musicianship. The album opens with the lively Americana and harmonica-drenched â€śOpen Ended Lifeâ€ť with the Avetts singing â€śI was taught to keep an open ended life and never trap myself in nothing.â€ť â€śSouls Like the Wheelsâ€ť stands out because it was recorded at one of their shows but it also succeeds in its moving simplicity. Thereâ€™s plenty to like to merit this quick follow-up release.
Joshua M. Miller