Have loved most everything these guys have put out until this It’s disappointing when artist get political. It’s divisive, especially in the current. political climate. I don’t care for the music either....I prefer their livelier tunes.....more banjo! Only purchased a couple of songs after listening to the album. Not their best.
Great Music Overall
By Mountie Maniac
Yes this album is probably the bands most political. That said, their message if you actually dig into the entire songs are just about how we should all try to love and care for each other move. It is sadly just a sign of our times that just because at surface level they appear pretty one sided people are rating the album so low rather than listen to all the words and digging into the songs.
Forever one of my favorite bands.
Painful to listen to
By Josh Henson
I should have known this album was going to be more so like the last few and not a return to form. With the exception of the opening track, this album is garbage. Too many monologues, political nonsense and boring arrangements. Goodbye AB. I’m over you.
Longtime fan of the Avett Brothers. Seen them live twice. I could only listen to this album once through. Political messages aside, it’s just a bunch of monologues and boring lyrics. Nothing but refrains over and over.
It's About the Music, Man
Free expression for the artists and for those who review the artists. Their job is to express and our job is to like it or not. Both are equally valid. I happen to kind of dig the tunes and the weird spoken word, even though it is a little much at times. It's good.
Just plain bad
By Moss Dad
Love these guys. Unfortunately all but two songs are pure junk.
Anybody who's giving this more than 1 or 2 starts has an agenda.
Just bad music period.
By Eh Oh Tree!
Cmon, I understand taking a stance but why do so in such a way? I am such a big fan of The Avett Brothers... so (I made a huge mistake) I didn’t even think twice when purchasing. They have set such a precedence of great music I didn’t read reviews or listen to any songs. Politics and opinions in music is just a bad idea. It’s not just one song. I’m inclined to think it’s like 80% of the album. And really.... slavery and scars of our nation? Almost EVERY country and civilization started the same way or worse.
By From Bristol and Winston Salem
I thought this day would never come. I have purchased multiple copies of every LP and EP over the years. Given them away as gifts and introduced lots of people to the music I loved.
I’ve waited patiently since Emotionalism for the magic to come back and album by album it continues to decline. Now there is this....
I honestly purchased this album, listened to it once and deleted it.
I’ll wait this one out and try again. I’m so disappointed.
By Southern Native
I adore the Avett Brothers. Y’all can do better than this, guys. You have a long time ago before you landed in Hollywood-Land with Rick R. and all your fawning Hollywoodie Celebrity Fan Base.
It’s Friday night, it’s been a week I first listened to this anticipated release. I have had no desire to listen to this album since then. We were bored and decided we needed a laugh: so we are listening to this again.
“We Americans” is awful. It’s ignorant. And the music is altogether ridiculous and repetitive. My husband begged me to forward to the next song.
The spoken words ruins the beautiful nuances of lyrical art. It’s so blatant and bold, it obliterates and obscures the art experience. You preach instead of leading the listener to think for himself: you insult every listener by this exercise. Do yourself a favor: record an audiobook next time you feel you have to give editorial commentary like this. Hollywood liberals like that juvenile dude y’all got to direct or produce your documentary will lap it up. (Face it, your connections to Hollywood have blinded you. Hollywood is a hypocritical hole.)
Avetts, is this album a joke?
As far as political commentary goes, you didn’t say anything we aren’t already Force-fed by elite celebrities and people who think they know better than the everyday American.
Fantastic from start to finish!
The Avett Brothers best studio album to date! It’s not political in the sense people thought it would be after the mission statement before the release. It’s pure and simple truth that everyone can relate to and should relate to if you are a genuinely good person living in this world today. I love all the different pitches of their voices and the push for trying new sounds. New albums are about growth and I am proud to be on this journey with this band! The Avett Brothers are classic in my mind. Think Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.... love, peace, and music.