This North Carolina trio creates acoustic material for those who don’t listen to folk. Brothers Scott and Seth and upright bassist Bob Crawford play instruments associated with bluegrass, country and folk, but their music isn’t nearly as pigeonholed.
Opener "Talk on Indolence" and Violent Femmes-like "Matrimony"
prove high-energy rock can operate without electricity. But Four Thieves Gone
is also layered with softer asides. "The Lowering" and "Famous
Flower of Manhattan" have liquid tempos and rural back porch sentiments,
with echoes of the Everly Brothers and John Prine.
Lyrics focus on post-adolescent issues as well as universal problems. "Talk
on Indolence" has a resigned air, "I sink to the bottom/I rise to the
top/And I think to myself that/I do this a lot." Broken romance ballad "Left
on Laura, Left on Lisa" makes it clear that, "Men are just liars and
thieves." Rollicking "Gimmeakiss" is a roguish romp about a self-promoting
cad, "I know what they’re sayin’ ‘bout me/Hell, I started
most of them rumors myself, you see."
Music: CD Reviews [Avett Brothers: Four Thieves Gone]
Avett Brothers, the: Four Thieves Gone: The Robinsville Sessions
By Doug Simpson
Article posted on 2/27/2006
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