The Carpenter
The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2012 Rank: #454 / 929
User Score
Based on 12 ratings
September 11, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Universal Republic / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

While a magnum opus would be compelling, The Carpenter’s slight inward turn and few great songs may be enough for now. 

80
Paste

The Carpenter provides a return to rudimentary Avett songwriting, in that the most striking moments on the record are born from playful banjo-guitar banter and confessions revealed in 4/4 time. 

80
musicOMH

While the album does weigh heavily on its dark themes - possibly too much so at times - The Avett Brothers have never sounded better than they do on The Carpenter.

70
PopMatters

Many of the band’s best moments have been quieter ones, and The Carpenter finds a nice balance between introspective and raucous.

65
Pitchfork

Rubin may be a wizard in the studio, but his involvement has fostered a truly remarkable level of bloat in this once bare-boned, focused band.

60
Consequence of Sound

Maybe their newfound familiarity with the black cloak has pushed them to a more relaxed, straightforward sort of songwriting.

60
NME

The Avetts are clearly happiest when they’re miserable. Which is fine, if you’re in that kind of mood. 

END OF YEAR LISTS
#7/American Songwriter
#22/PopMatters
#31/Paste
#41/Rolling Stone
Track List
  1. The Once and Future Carpenter 
  2. Live and Die 
  3. Winter in My Heart 
  4. Pretty Girl From Michigan 
  5. I Never Knew You 
  6. February Seven 
  7. Through My Prayers 
  8. Down With the Shine 
  9. A Fathers First Spring 
  10. Geraldine 
  11. Paul Newman vs. The Demons 
  12. Life
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Added on: September 1, 2012