The first single, "I and Love and You" was released on June 24, , via free digital download. The album was released on vinyl on September 15, , with the CD and digital formats becoming available on September 29, The album was available in streaming format on National Public Radio's Web site prior to its release. In , the band announced on Myspace that they signed with American Recordings to produce a new album. Rick Rubin was impressed by The Avett Brothers' previous album, Emotionalism and decided to produce the album. I and Love and You was released on September 29,
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One of the biggest grassroots success stories of the decade makes their well-deserved, Rick Rubin-assisted major-label bow. Do the Avett Brothers ever wake up feeling cranky? Less than generous? Their songs all communicate an unfailingly chummy earnestness that stems from candid introspection and unbidden love for their fellow man, and perhaps more than their brotherly harmonies or their rambunctious take on string-band Americana, that sincerity is their chief appeal. Of late, however, the Avetts' self-reckoning has grown so overbearing that it borders on obsession and threatens to limit their musical range. I and Love and You , their sixth studio album, doesn't break from their monolithic solemnity, but actually intensifies it: The hook on "Ten Thousand Words" goes, "Ain't it like most people, I'm no different, we love to talk on things we don't know about. I and Love and You is a crucial album for the band. For their major-label debut, the trio which includes brothers Scott and Seth and unrelated bass player Bob Crawford worked with producer Rick Rubin, whose involvement gives the album added critical and commercial cache. With a large and loyal fanbase, they could be as big as Dave Matthews and bring string-band rootsiness to the mainstream.
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I don't frequent the country section at record stores If the Avett Brothers are considered country, then call me a country fan. I will cross the aisle. With a healthy discography of five full-lengths, two EPs, and two live albums all released independently, North Carolinian brothers Scott and Seth Avett, along with upright bassist Bob Crawford, teamed up with music magician Rick Rubin to produce their major label debut I and Love and You. Having worked with musicians like Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, Rubin seems to have a penchant for accenting an artist's strengths. In the case of the Avett Brothers, the music has been simplified while maintaining its intensity and depth. Known for their emotionally naked lyrics, the Avett Brothers don't hide behind elaborate metaphors or vague language.
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