Magpie and the Dandelion - The Avett Brothers
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  • Summary: Recorded and produced by Rick Rubin at the same sessions as 2012's The Carpenter, the eighth release for the folk rock band is said to be more of a "youthful wonder" feel.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    Filled with tearful ballads and ragged-trousered country, the Avetts' playing may not be the most technically accomplished but the feel they bring to Never Been Alive and Another Is Waiting is alone worth wading through their previously misfiring albums. [Jan 2014, p.96]
  2. 80
    Magpie is chock full of tracks that show the Avett Brothers are (very wisely) growing their sound, while remaining true to their core principles and what listeners like about them to begin with.
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    North Carolina's Avett Brothers have filled Magpie and the Dandelion with taut, unaffected verses that dredge the past, weigh damage against possibility, and seek emergence through selflessness and emotional responsibility.
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    The 11 tracks on Magpie and the Dandelion were recorded during the same Rick Rubin-produced sessions, and now stand as a well-timed response to those that found The Carpenter too weighty for its own good.
  5. Jan 7, 2014
    Not quite as organic as they seem, their perfection lacks taste despite its polish. [Jan 2014, p.117]
  6. Oct 14, 2013
    Too many edges have been sanded off the brothers' music, and whether the blame lies with Rubin's influence or the accelerated writing pace, the result is an album devoid of the band's usual charming lyrics and adroit melodies.
  7. There are too many plodding ballads, sentimental on the piano and heavy on the cymbals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 15, 2013
    Very strong effort from the Avetts. Things are kicked off by the Alt-bluegrass Open Ended Life perfectly juxtaposed against the beautiful Morning Song. Perhaps a bit heavy on ballads but each song is well constructed and delivered with the proper mix of intensity and understatement. Other standouts include Vanity, Apart From Me and the lead single, a Another is Waiting. Expand
  2. BKM
    Oct 18, 2013
    While it's certainly a pleasant and listenable effort, Magpie and the Dandelion suffers from production that is too slick and songs that have been done before and better. If the Avetts are to ever regain the anguished howl of their best work, Rick Rubin may have to go. Collapse