Yea I really don't get the Avett Brothers love on the board in general.
I've been a big fan for a long time, but this album isn't hitting anything for me. Needs more grit, less polish. More brutal heartache, less sappy corny. Kind of like Death Cab when Ben is happy and married. I want sulking depressing Ben Gibbard. I'm all for people being happy, but my musicians are far superior when they're going through rough times.
Exactly! *THIS* is why I love Colin Meloy/The Decemberists, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Damien Rice, Belle & Sebastian, Jeff Buckley, and other intelligent, brooding artists.