Even if they've watered down some in the last few years, when you look at what they have produced, it's a pretty awesome collection. I will always love and respect their songwriting. Hoping to catch the NYE show!
the new song sounds more like their old sound than anything on their last album, try not to be so negative. there are literally no bands as good as the avetts that are going to sound the same for longer than 3-4 albums. if you like the old sound, listen to the albums, there's plenty to listen to. why do people insist on bitching about every band not sounding the same for their entire careers. they are artists, artists evolve. cripes.
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Seems like The Carpenter has been pretty polarizing according to the comments. Gotta say I'm on the side that loves the new album :D. Sure it's a bit "less energetic", but all albums can't be the same or that'd be boring. Tracks I Never Knew You and Live and Die are great!
maybe after 10+ years of making music they are mellowing out a bit.. these guys are well into their 30's at this point, with families; I doubt they feel more punkish each year. (not to mention if you see them live they still maintain that high energy in every show). I really appreciate the lyrical maturity on this album, they're facing many difficult questions about life, death, and their place in it all.
Maybe it's just me, but with each new album the Avett's sound less like the energetic, punk-ish bluegrass band I originally enjoyed listening to, and more like a 90's boy band. I feel like if the next album was an All-For-One cover album ("I Swear"), I wouldn't be surprised.