I And Love And You - The Avett Brothers
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  • Summary: Rick Rubin produces the latest album for the North Carolina band.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. They've constructed something beautiful.
  2. Recalling Elton John or Ben Folds at his most Southern-sounding, I And Love And You deserves the larger audience it's been designed for, wrapping shamelessly sentimental, effortlessly beautiful songs in a warm, inviting mellow-rock package.
  3. With Rick Rubin at the helm, employing his trademark austerity but not overdoing the dryness, the group swings for the fences musically, lyrically, vocally, and emotionally. Its batting average is sterling.
  4. For their major-label debut, producer Rick Rubin has turned the group into a lush chamber-folk outfit. I and Love and You is packed with complex, piano-based beauties.
  5. 66
    This is a minor stumble at a major plate, but no fear. The high here do well in drowning out the lows. [Fall 2009, p.92]
  6. 60
    With little in the way of banjo now, nearly every song comes steeped in acoustic piano, while the vocals are pitched to eke out every last chunk of substance from well-honed lyrics. [May 2010, p.93]
  7. Despite its accomplished musicianship and polished production, however, I And Love And You feels like somewhat of a whimper after the highs of "Emotionalism." [Fall 2009, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Deb
    Oct 2, 2009
    This is the best album to come out in 09 hands down. This is a crowning moment for this band out of Concord North Carolina that has been making brilliant albums for 10 years. Expand
  2. brendae.
    Oct 2, 2009
    The Avett Brothers have never failed to produce amazing albums in the past, and "I & Love & You" is no different. I am grateful for who this band is in my life! Expand
  3. May 1, 2011
    My first experience with The Avett Brothers was live at Jazzfest 2011. Following, this was the first recorded album I listened to. While I much prefer their live sound over their recorded sound, most of the songs they performed were from this album, and I was immediately hooked. This album will always be special to me. Expand
  4. KurtC
    Oct 10, 2009
    They won me over with this one. I wasn't the biggest fan of their previous record "Emotionalism"...much of it seemed over-the-top and sloppy at times. "I and Love and You" is solid, well-written, and still captures the Brothers' raw energy while not going too far over the edge and letting the songs speak more for themselves. Excellent album. Expand
  5. WadeP
    Oct 10, 2009
    I love the Avett Brothers, and while this is a great developmental and artistic album, it's a departure from what got them here. The songs are so polished and clean that it loses some of the roughness that made the band so appealing. I have a sneaking suspicion their next album will be a throwback to their bluegrass roots. This band won't forget where they came from. Expand
  6. DarnellS
    Oct 26, 2009
    It's an OK to good album that every folk-infused hipster is losing their shit over. So many 10's on the user reviews is so telling. Really people? This is as good as they come? For real? I've $10 bucks that says you'll have forgotten these guys in 5 years. Expand
  7. DeezyC
    Oct 6, 2009
    First, let me say, this is my first Avett Brothers. And their sound in general seems like it would appeal to me. But this album feels very contrived and lacking in authenticity. I just couldn't get into it because of this, but I'm sure I'll enjoy other albums of the Avett Brothers. Expand

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