NPR’s First Listen: The Carpenter. And my thoughts too!

img-the-carpenter-cover-700-1 I’m so glad this album preview came out today, because it turned my day from a crappy day not appreciating my life nearly enough to a day where I have a new perspective on myself, my kids and my life. That may sound crazy, but music and especially the Avetts have that effect on me.

Anyway, here is my feel and take on the new album besides really loving it a lot the one and pretty much only thing is feel is missing for me is a serious jam in one of the songs. Other than that: LOVE IT.

Here is the link to the full album from NPR. Enjoy it while it’s still available…then we wait until September 11 to own it forever. Click here for the NPR First Listen of The Carpenter

The Once and Future Carpenter- This song I first heard in South Bend, IN in January 2011. I will never forget the crowd getting the pleasure to hear this for the first time. We all sat there silently and knew that this was a gem. Scott carries most of the vocals, but Seth’s parts are touching and really meaningful—not to mention Joe’s cello is beautiful in the second half of the song. I really enjoyed its effect on me today. It set perspective and reminds one to be content with the life path they are given and inevitably you lose direction you look to the sky and remember we are all in this together and searching for that “woman” we call purpose.

Live and Die—This will always remind me of the Gap ad and the anticipation of this album. I love the banjo and wish there was more banjo on the album. But, again this is a song that deals with life and death and opposites in general. You rejoice and I complain, live and die, but that those all have something in common and we are the same no matter how opposite we are.

Winter in My Heart-I heard this live in Kettering, OH. I liked it okay then. Maybe it’s the day, but this resonated with me today. It drags on a little at times, but I can relate to the times that there is nothing warm in my heart at all. I miss the figurative summer and the spring when the warm and the air is in my heart and not unexplainable frigid cold air that is in our hearts for no reason sometimes. Scott and Seth pass the vocals back and forth and I love that combination.

Pretty Girl from Michigan- Just happy to see a Pretty Girl song return and album. Love this 50s feel. It is just a fun song for me and different for the Avetts.

I Never Knew You- For some reason this resonates to me at how the guys have changed and their music has too. Some of us love it and some of us don’t…this kind of says “Too Bad—this is us now and we have evolved musically and personally”. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. 

February Seven- Scott and Seth trade back and forth on this. That combination is always pleasing to me for some reason. This song grew on me after about 4 or five times through the album. It kind of got lost the first few times, but now I really enjoy it and love the chorus. “I went on a search for something real. Traded what I know for how I feel…Light broke in a brought me to my feet. There’s no returning to the spoils once you’ve spoiled the thought of them…Now I’m rested and I’m ready to begin… “

Through My Prayers- This is the highlight of the album for me. I bawled like a baby when I heard this song today. It reminded me of the first time I heard Murder in the City ever, which was live. I cried standing there and I bawled sitting at my computer today listening to Seth’s oh so pretty voice telling this story (he’s so good at holding the listener’s attention in these slow beauties). It reminds me of the special relationship that I had with my grandparents who were like parents to me and have passed away (20 years ago). I often find myself looking up and talking to them and miss them still so often it hurts. I adore and can so relate to the line of “Yes, I knew you loved me, I could see it in your eyes, it was in your struggle and it was in your mind and it was in the smile you gave me when I was a kid. “ Again, Joe’s cello adds so much depth to the feel of this song. Thank you Avetts for this song!

Down With The Shine- I like the way this one starts with Scott checking. It reminds me of their earlier albums that weren’t so polished. But this song is polished, maybe because they’ve played it so much the last year and a half or so. It’s probably the song I’ve heard the most live from this album. It’s banjo, which I love.

A Father’s First Spring- Scott sings beautiful vocals and believable lyrics. If you have kids, you can totally relate to every line. “I have been homesick for your since we met”…I am always rushing to pick my kids up and spend time with them (not quite as literally as Scott). “I do not live unless I live in your light/life. If I die it’s for you. I was a child before”…I could go on and on about the amazingly beautiful descriptions of being a parent and how you are forever changed after having kids. Another thank you for this song today and reeling me in to the joys of parenting when it is easy to focus in the frustrations.

Geraldine- I’ve always loved this upbeat quick song. Hope I get the pleasure of hearing Scott singing it live soon. It’s a killer.

Paul Newman vs. The Demons- This one I have mixed feelings on. It feels very different for The Avett Brothers, but I find myself liking it and shaking my head when I hear it—like if I heard it without know it was the Avetts I’d want to know more about that artist. I do like seeing this different side of Seth—we all have demons that are hard to get out of our past.

Life- Scott and Seth trade back and forth on this final track. Another great cello display from Joe. We are not on this world for long…it can it be hell and paradise.

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  1. Sylvie #

    Glad to know that I am not the only one shedding tears when I hear some of these songs just the melody gets me and then when I hear the lyrics…wow. Would have loved a bit more banjo but overall it’s a great listen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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