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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Ramseur Records
  • ASIN: B001AZI20Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tear Down the House
2. Murder in the City
3. Bella Donna
4. The Greatest Sum
5. St. Joseph's
6. Souls Like the Wheels

Editorial Reviews

The Avett Brothers release The Second Gleam; six new songs offered with the natural lyrical clarity and honest delivery that has become synonymous with their name. With this addition to their growing body of work, Scott and Seth Avett establish a series, while further separating their writing from the modern landscape of music, popular or otherwise. Following in the initial footsteps of the first Gleam recording, this second installment sings to the uncommon senses of the common man. The record walks calmly and powerfully among fragile and hard-learned themes of life and song, passing through loss, change, hope, death, dedication to family, late nights in the hospital, love as always and much more. At once plain and poetic, simple and complicated as those who will give their time to hear it, we find: The Second Gleam.

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Great music layered with brilliant lyrics.
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This was my third Avett album and now it's all I can do to keep myself from just buying them all.
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I can say that all of the songs are really good.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As the Avett Brothers pack their bags for the big time of American Recordings and Rick Rubin, they've left this six-song EP as a capstone to their five years on the indie Ramseur label. Unlike the fuller, rock-inflected country-folk productions of last year's "Emotionalism," their latest is pared back to just the brothers, their guitars and a banjo. Bassist Bob Crawford is absent, the vocals are mostly solo and the lyrics are pushed up front, with instruments providing a setting rather than active elements of the songs. The result is more like a songwriter's circle than a studio recording, leaning more heavily on the tunes than the performances. The six songs (clocking in at just under 21 minutes) are thoughtful, direct and personal, covering themes of growing up and letting go, romantic desire, brotherly considerations of family, and some philosophical wonderings. The brothers finger-picking is particularly fetching on "Bella Donna," a song of innocent teenage longing that winningly brings to mind Alex Chilton's "Thirteen." The Avett's capture a frankness, in their writing, singing, playing and production that's startling in its quiet power. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2008 hyperbolium dot com]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on August 11, 2008
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As a rule I avoid sequels. I can name only a handful of movies, books or albums that have succeeded artistically as a "sequel". While THE GLEAM PTII, does not rate as high in my opinion as the original, it's still a pretty strong piece of work. The concepts of both albums are the same, Scott and Seth Avett, minus bassist Bob Crawford facing off solo with spare, acoustic ballads. The original GLEAM gets the nod mostly due to IF IT'S THE BEACHES; perhaps the Avett's shining moment on record. Still, PART II does deliver some first class material, especially the opener TEAR DOWN THE HOUSE.

The quiet tunes featured on both GLEAM sets are a far cry from the raucous intensity of the Avett's live shows, but these guys are such great songwriters that it's still some essential listening. It will be interesting to see where they go on their next album that will be produced by fellow bearded Svengali, Rick Rubin. In the meantime it will be fine with me to enjoy these amazing, honest, heartfelt performances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By soundofthinking on March 17, 2011
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The Avett Brothers take it down a notch with this one, with a more acoustic sound. Excellent listen though, my personal favorite. Headlining Suwannee Springfest this year, along with many other fantastic artists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Markley on June 10, 2010
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I am a big fan, and this is more along the lines of the first Gleam album, than Emotionalism. The Greatest Sum is probably my favorite song, but lyrically they all are superb. if you are a fan of these guys, this is another must have. if you ever get the chance to see them live, do not pass it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Hall on August 18, 2009
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The Avett Brothers are a great band, and this is a solid album. Probably not their very best, but definitely a good purchase. Murder in the City is a worth the cost of the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cinder. on January 27, 2011
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I LOVE this album! Tear Down the House; Murder in the City; BELLA DONNA!; St. Joseph's. This is a great, great album! Definitely on the list for "Top 10 albums to have if stranded on a desert island." These guys are also amazing live! I came across a couple of their songs back in '09 and got a last minute ticket to one of their shows.. I've been a huge fan ever since! I've seen them live twice and as luck would have it, I also had a chance to meet them twice. They are so incredibly humble and thankful for their fans. They deserve every ounce of fame headed their way.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Eric Grossman on July 24, 2008
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The Avett Brothers opened a recent show in Bristol, TN with "Murder in the City." Scott Avett stood alone on stage with his guitar. The simple tune and plain lyrics proceeded to sear straight through me.

These guys play from the heart. You might expect such great musicians to add layers of technical complexity to their productions with successive albums. Not the Avett Brothers. They just continue to peel down the extras until all that is left is what you feel listening to them.

If these songs don't get to you, you haven't listened to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patti Hogan on December 3, 2009
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I just happened to hear an Avett Brothers song on the radio and was totally thrilled to hear young guys with the simple heartfelt lyrics and great sibling harmonies along with acoustic guitars. Murder in the City is the one that gets me choked up everytime I hear it. Now have tickets to see them live here in January and I can't wait.
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