I am new to the Avett Brothers but wanted to share my true joy with the world for hiow good this record is (sorry CD showing my age there). This is probably my favourite album of the year with John Grants (Queen of Denmark)coming a close second (for different reasons). It is so unusual to be able to say that there is not a duff track on an album but you can about this and there is an incredible range in the depth and variety of the songs, whilst very much having one foot in 'Americana'(The Felice Brothers asked what that meant when they played End of the Road Festival in England last year) there are hints of more ballsy rock and I even feel a hint of 'The Barenaked Ladies' on 'A Slight figure of Speech' with a vocal approaching a rap, which is something I would normally run from, but this is just excellent and fun.
Whilst the brothers are multi instrumentalists, they also have a small army of contributing artists including Simon Felice and I think all that talent just bursts forth on this fabrilliant album. Stand out tracks for me are the soaring and beautiful 'Ill with want', 'Tin man' and the monumental 'Head full of doubt/Road full of promise'. Spoil your self and buy this record.