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.