The newest album from the folk rock band The Avett Brothers, Magpie and the Dandelion, begins and ends, both times pleasantly, with the strains of an electric guitar. What a blessed instrument and what a pronounced rock ‘n’ roll touch this album was in need of. Now, I confess, the first time through I wasn’t overly excited about the album, especially when on track 5 it began skipping maniacally, I felt groggy due to the early morning, and I ran out of time to finish it while struggling with my inferior car stereo. Upon the second attempt, however, I was exhilarated, which is fantastic, because, let’s be honest, though pleasingly satisfactory, I was kind of bored with The Carpenter, (the Brothers’ 2012 album). So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, here’s to second chances in the second decade of the 21st Century!
Suggested Use: If your copy skips like my oft-borrowed copy did: a coaster. Keep those perspiring drinks off your laminate end tables and enjoy the charming album artwork all at the same time. If the copy you are trying to play does not skip, oh, I don’t know, perhaps the soundtrack for the year 2014?!