Short Review Series: The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion


The Avett BrothersMagpie and the Dandelion
American Recordings

RIYL: Trampled by Turtles, Old Crow Medicine Show, Langhorne Slim
Must-Hear Songs: Open-Ended Life, Another is Waiting, Vanity

Grade: A

Formed in 2000, brothers Seth and Scott Avett formed their alt-country/bluegrass band and have wasted no time releasing 12 full length records and EPs over the last 13 years. In fact, the release between 2012’s Carpenter is separated by a mere 13 months from their newest album Magpie and the Dandelion. The quick turnaround does not lose any quality, with the brothers putting out quite possibly their best record to date. Magpie and the Dandelion does a great job of showcasing the Avett Brothers’ ability to go from upbeat banjo-filled songs like “Another is Waiting” to piano ballads like “Good To You” and everything in between. If you were a fan of banjos before it was cool, you’ll love this record. If you just recently discovered how awesome bluegrass music can be, this highly accessible record can certainly provide a foothold into a magical genre of music.

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.