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I And Love And You

The Avett Brothers

2009

I And Love And You
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I and Love and You is the 2009 major label debut by The Avett Brothers and produced by Rick Rubin. The first single, "I and Love and You" was released on June 24, 2009, via free digital download. The album was released on vinyl on September 15, 2009, with the CD and digital formats becoming available on September 29, 2009. The album was available in streaming format on National Public Radio's Web site prior to its release. The song "I and Love and You" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week for September 22, 2009. From September 8 to October 8, 2009, The Avett Brothers released a 13 chapter video series about I and Love and You, each chapter featuring one song from the album (one chapter at a time, posting each on various websites before collecting them for viewing on their own page). In 2008, the band announced on Myspace that they signed with American Recordings to produce a new album. Previously, the band was signed to the independent label Ramseur Records. Rick Rubin was impressed by The Avett Brothers' previous album, Emotionalism and decided to produce the album. I and Love and You was the band's major label debut (American Recordings was a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment) and was recorded in Los Angeles. I and Love and You was released on September 29, 2009. The album peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 72 on the UK Albums Chart. The cover art is an oil painting by Scott Avett called Julianne in Vain.

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3.16

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55

Genres

  • Folk
  • Rock

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Sat Mar 16 2024
2

I'm an alienated cyborg filled with existential dread, and I'm mildly allergic to modern folk music. This one started off all earthy and vulnerable, but ended up transitioning somewhere in the middle into what sounds like TV show theme songs.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
5

Somehow I missed this one during my peak college late-2000s folk revival phase. I appreciate that this sound is very specific to a time and a place, and more then a decade past that musical moment it seems a bit silly and cliched. I can imagine younger listeners wondering what the collective folk hallucination was all about. That being said, I'm still 1000000% in the pocket for this style and I guess I'm that old increasingly irrelevant music guy. Thanks for sharing.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
4

This was one of those kinds of albums, I listened to it a ton when it came out and then it just dropped fully out of my rotation. I'd forgotten some of the interesting musical curves the deeper cuts took. Still very good.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
4

The Avett Brothers were there for my indie folk phase and they should be for yours too

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

An interesting addition to be sure. I think there are similar acts on the original list, but it isn't a bad addition in spite of that.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
3

I like folk-rock, Americana, or whatever you want to call this style of music. The Avett Brothers aren't my favorite of the genre though. They're good, I wouldn't turn the station on them, but somehow they feel a little flat to me. I think it's the vocals. Overall I enjoyed this but so many other artists in this category I prefer - Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Be Good Tanyas, Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, etc. 3 stars.

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Sat Mar 23 2024
3

Curious coincidences in life make me find albums by two of my favorite cult bands, The Decemberists and The Avett Brothers, in a row. In both cases, with albums that are not my favorites from their discography, but hey nothing is perfect in this life! This was the album that was supposed to take them to massive success, first with a major and produced by Rick Rubin. And although it is the one that had actually been the most successful by far, I think it fell short of expectations. The album itself is, for me, several steps below their previous 'Emotionalism' and their later 'The Carpenter'. I guess it's just another example that creativity doesn't always flourish when it's needed most, often quite the opposite in fact

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Wed Mar 27 2024
3

Pleasant to the ear, but instantly forgettable. I know of more interesting artists in this genre.

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Wed Mar 27 2024
2

Too much folk, much less rock unfortunately.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
2

Not a bad album, but I think there is enough country/folk type music in the original list

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Sat Mar 16 2024
1

Kick Drum Heart's fx are perfectly placed to do away with any lingering goodwill. With Rubin's production to pull back the veil and that downward slope, it's nice of the band to avoid becoming their own circling vultures.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
1

ew, more folk music. And it's the modern kind, sounds like Mumford and Sons. 1/5 on a nice day.

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Sat May 11 2024
2

This LP can’t decide what it wants to be - starts off straight singer-songwriter folk, attempts poor pop renditions, zigzags back to folk, etc. All of it feels so bland and boring, and reaching for something it’s not.

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Fri May 03 2024
1

It is modern folk music. This did not need to be a thing. Way too long. No one should have recommended this.

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