“The last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary.” That’s the first line of notes introducing The Avett Brothers’ new album, Close Than Together.
What can we say about this album? It’s halfway political, halfway personal. But maybe that’s part of the point, hence the title. It’s an intensely personal work, born out of their own private experiences and feelings, and at some point those feelings were about the news cycle. Continue reading →
Remember when little Johnny Mayer was singing about his missing lunchbox? He’s grown up so much. In his first major album, Room for Squares, the pop blues rock artist drew sweeping attention with “Your Body is a Wonderland,” a song about girly parts. Fans ate it up. Continue reading →
Everybody gets to like Dave Matthews again. Oh Joy. DMB’s ninth album has a classic feel to it, like the band is recalling all the forms of song from their previous albums and celebrating them with new tunes that each have a familiar taste. Continue reading →
“If I Had a Million Dollars” is probably the most famous song from Barenaked Ladies, a concert favorite and a song made to sing along to.
Written by members Steven Page and Ed Robertson to sing to counselors at summer camp, the song at first may seem like a mere silly list of things you can buy with loads of money. But under the surface is a powerful message of love and the simple life over pursuing gobs of wealth. Continue reading →
Now what? The Avetts have gone everything now, but they did so slowly. Chart their last three albums, and you can tell they have merged from a heavy rock-centered bluegrass band into a more electric, pop-centered, all-American band. But they didn’t sell out after one or two original albums. They re-centered themselves naturally after half a dozen of the work they first came to be known for. They haven’t lost touch with their roots. Continue reading →