Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Avett Brothers "Emotionalism" (2007)
This is a seminal album in a movement that has yet to be named, and has yet to play out. The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists are all playing indie rock with instrumentation most commonly used in folk music. Often they are referred to as folk artists, but don't be fooled. The music itself is contemporary indie rock.
At times the Avetts come a bit too close to wallowing in emo handwringing. While this sort of sentimentality probably accounts for at least some of their popularity, to my ears it's a distraction. I would hope that as they mature, the emotional palate of their music will expand.