The Wait Is Over: Avett Brothers “True Sadness” Album Release

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Surprise! Another Avett Brothers blog post is here! This one, however, will probably be the last for a while because I’m going to talk about the new album which comes out this week!

True Sadness is the Avett Brothers’ 9th full-length album, which will be officially released on the 24th of June. However, you can listen to the album right now on NPR for an exclusive first listen here.  I have been itching to sit down with this album through NPR for a couple of days now, but I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much time. I decided I needed to wait until I had a free evening to take my time and really appreciate what I was listening to. Today was finally that day.

As expected and as stated by the band, this album is a little different that past albums sound-wise. I would say that a lot of the folk roots are still there on True Sadness, but a lot of the songs have a more modern, “pop” vibe to them musically. I’m not sure if this new sound will bother some of the hardcore fans or not, but it I will say it didn’t alter my enjoyment of the album at all. I’m all about the lyrics when it comes to the Avett Bros.

While all the songs are interesting and worth listening to, I had a few immediate favorites from my first listen. I’ll mention quickly chat through some of those new tracks, but the album’s lead single, “Aint’ No Man,” will always be my #1 pick of the album. I’ve already written about it, so I won’t get into it again.

“You Are Mine” is super upbeat sonically, and has weird little sound effects in it that initially sound strange but then become a lovable part of the track. The lyrics to this song are also some of my favorites from the whole album. It’s a love song that just makes me feel happy. And with another song on the album called “Divorce Separation Blues,” we can use a happy song.

“Satan Pulls The Strings,” on the other hand, is one of the coolest-sounding songs on True Sadness (in my opinion). It sounds very “rock” to me, and it’s a song that I’m dying to see live because I can totally picture the band jamming to this. It’s really hard to describe, but I feel like it’s the most “badass” song on the album.

So far, the music critics reviewing True Sadness are putting “I Wish I Was” at the top of the list as one of the best songs on the album. I have to say I agree, because I immediately loved this song. It’s very stripped-down compared to the other songs, and much more reminiscent of “old” Avett Brothers material. While I do appreciate the evolution the Avett Brothers had on this album, there’s something about the way they sound stripped-down that is completely magical. That will never change.

I’m not sure when I’ll get to see them live again, but I can’t wait to hear some of these new tracks when I do. A big thank you to my favorite band for another phenomenal piece of art. I’ve been a fan for nearly 8 of my 21 years, and it’s been quite a fun ride so far.

True Sadness is out everywhere on June 24th and can be streamed right now exclusively through NPR. 

Movie Review: Me Before You

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As promised in my Me Before You Book Review, I am back today to give my review of Me Before You: the film.

For some reason, a local theater was playing the film starting on Thursday, June 2, instead of the 3rd, so naturally I reserved tickets for the first showing that day. I needed to see it ASAP, and I did.

As you can probably guess, the movie (in my opinion) wasn’t as good as the book (it never is). BUT, I will say that the film adaptation was very accurate and true to the main themes of the book, probably one of the best adaptations I’ve seen in a long time. I think they did a fantastic job taking such deep and emotional content and turning into a 2 hour film, because I know it must have been incredibly difficult to choose what to keep and what to cut. I had been prepping myself for the possibility of disappointment, but I walked out of that theater last night feeling satisfied with the job they did.

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were Lou and Will. The casting was excellent. Emilia had all the quirkiness down to a T and Sam delivered Will Traynor’s sarcasm perfectly. One of my favorite scenes was at the beginning of the film, during a montage of Lou coming into work at the Traynors every day. She would burst in, happy and cheerful, only to get a perfect side-eye from Will. The little judgemental side-eyes alone convinced me that they had cast the right actor. Maybe it sounds silly and trivial, but I knew I was going to love the film from that point on.

Also worth mentioning, the soundtrack to this movie is so good. I’m actually considering buying it. They played The 1975 during the wedding scene, which I loved, and the use of Ed Sheeran’sPhotograph” will probably change the way I listen to it for the rest of forever. And that’s really saying something for a huge Ed Sheeran fan. I also really liked the use of “Happy With Me” by HOLYCHILD and “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt.

I also learned that even though I know everything that’s going to happen, I will still cry. I cried four separate times during the movie, and I don’t regret one second of it. Like I said in the book review, I tend to seek things out that are going to make me cry. I don’t know why I torture myself like this, but I do.

If you’ve read the book, I think you’ll love the movie. But if you’ve only seen the movie, I think you could still get something new out of reading the book. In summary: everyone needs to see it. I already want to go back and see it again. But, I’m not sure if it’s because of how much I love the story or Sam Claflin’s face (I think it’s probably both).