True Sadness

True Sadness

by The Avett BrothersThe Avett Brothers


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There's a melancholy to the title of the Avett Brothers' 2016 album True Sadness, but the album's tone doesn't mirror its name. Certainly, there's a bit of a sorrowful undercurrent, something that surfaces on "Divorce Separation Blues," but often there's a buoyancy to the music's spirit, a lightness that's evident even in the burnished bluegrass ballads, tunes where the harmonies and plucked strings combine into a sense of sweetness. Always throwbacks at heart, the Avett Brothers temper their rough-hewn retro affectations by brightening the corners with hints of electronic rhythms and polish, a sly update executed with precision by Rick Rubin. Despite this breezy modern air, the Avett Brothers and Rubin alike are on firmer ground when the amplifiers are cranked just loud enough to growl and the rhythms lumber along with the slow, hazy crawl of Southern rock. This heavier attack distinguishes the Avett Brothers from the ranks of standard-issue Americana -- a genre where austere authenticity often matters more than gut-level force -- but what distinguishes True Sadness from previous Avett albums is how this force intermingles with lighter moments. Sometimes this airiness is evident in ballads that indeed carry a melancholic pull; sometimes the levity derives from those camouflaged electronic elements, moments that play like sun drifting in from parted clouds. Tonally, these seemingly conflicted feelings match because they play like the sadness is slowly lifting away. Far from being an album for wallowing in the depths of grief, True Sadness is a record about the emergence of hope.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2016
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602547906571
catalogNumber: 002503102
Rank: 4778

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avett Brothers   Primary Artist
Mike Marsh   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle,Percussion,Violin,Background Vocals,Group Member
Scott Avett   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Seth Avett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jason Lader   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar
Paul DeFiglia   Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals,Contrabass (Vocal),Wurlitzer,Group Member,Hammond B3
Dana Nielsen   Harmonium,Mellotron,Moog Bass
Bob Crawford   Percussion,Electric Bass,Viola,Background Vocals,Guitarron,Upright Bass,Group Member
Joe Kwon   Percussion,Cello,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rick Rubin   Producer
Eric Lynn   Engineer
Avett Brothers   Composer
Scott Avett   Artwork,Layout
Jason Lader   Engineer,drum programming
Crackerfarm   Artwork,Layout
Dana Nielsen   Programming,Engineer
Joshua Smith   Engineer

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