- The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
CRITIC SCORE
71
Based on 10 reviews
2012 Rank: #443 / 892
USER SCORE
80
Based on
11 ratings

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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. 

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Added on: September 1, 2012