Indie folksters The Avett Brothers are back with their sixth full-length album,Â The Carpenter. As the name suggests, there is a heightened sense of spirituality (yeah, itâ€™s that carpenter) along with plenty of weighty thoughts throughout the 12 tracks.Â The brothers have a great ability to emote with their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, blues, and folk and when theyâ€™re on top of their game, the songs feel like stirring anthems that get you excited even if youâ€™re not always sure why. While those songs are certainly present, they do occasionally cross the line into sappy and trite as well.
The album starts off strong with â€œThe Once And Future Carpenter,â€ which shows off their way with words. Then there is the wonderful love song, â€œLive And Die,â€ and then crosses the river of tears into the overly sentimental â€œWinter in My Heart,â€ which is a little too â€œsuper-double-sadness-forever emoticon.â€ Â The album has a good deal of variation stylistically ranging from the upbeat, 50â€™s rock-inspired songs like â€œPretty Girl from Michiganâ€ and â€œI Never Knew Youâ€ to the folksy â€œFebruary Sevenâ€ and attempts at harder rock like â€œPaul Newman vs. The Demons.â€ Â But ultimately, the brothers are most memorable when they do what they do best in anthemic songs that build, such as â€œDown With the Shine,â€ which gets you excited even if you donâ€™t know why.