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The Gleam

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'The Gleam': six new songs by two of the nation's premier songwriters. Scott and Seth Avett each bring three original compositions to this release, performances shared between the two, vocally and instrumentally. Clear in purpose, and calm in character, this is a brief, punctual work which enjoys the rare characteristic of normalcy and a lovely abnormality, a complexity and a simplicity, both hailing from the same human emotion.


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  6. Find My Love 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ramseur Records
  • ASIN: B000HIP4GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stephens on November 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If any of you have ever seen the Avetts play live, you've heard songs like these (if you haven't then you need to go see them, seeing as they're one of the best live acts touring the country right now.) These are the songs that they play after string breaking intense tracks like "Talk on Indolence" and "Colorshow". They go so wild on some songs that sometimes they just need to slow down to get their breath back, and it's at these times you get to listen to just how beautiful and fragile their music can become. Most of these songs take me back to Carolina Jubilee with their similarities to Avett masterpieces like "November Blue" and "The Offering". "If It's The Beaches" may be the best song they've ever written. It is so heartbreakingly beautiful that it sort of shocks when you realize it's a breakup song. I'd have to say that a lot of first time fans that go to the Avett Bros' concerts go because of songs they've heard that display more of a punk twinge on bluegrass. They come back for songs like "When I Drink" and the songs they play like the ones on this album. If you've followed the Avett Brothers for a while now, I'd say this EP needs to be added to your collection immediately. It's one of their best. Short and sweet. If you haven't heard them before, pick this up and you're getting half of what they do. Buy their Live vol 2 for a better representation of what they do best. These gentlemen are revamping music in the south and I can't wait to see what they do next. True 5 star quality.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chongo Avett on September 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Avett Brothers never cease to amaze. You think they're going too far out on the wrong limb, then they do a back flip and completely delight you with their talent and gift with music.

Let's go Bob-less and quiet for a six-song session focusing on the melodies and lyrics at the heart of all our music. Let's not try out half the songs on a regular basis in front of our live crowds. Let's see what happens.

What happens is brilliance caught in a studio. "Sanguine" is the perfect mellow lead-in, slow and thoughtful, catchy but just off-kilter enough to give it character. "When I Drink" is a nice little ditty in the style of "Pretend Love" and "Sixteen in July," except a bit more cheerful in tone if not in subject matter. "Yardsale" has yet to grow on me, but it's got story and pleasant enough melodies. "Backwards In Time" is a hit, catchy and fun, like "One Hit Wonder" channeling the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four." "If It's The Beaches" is a powerful song of love slipping out of reach, beautiful in its tragedy. "Find My Love" almost echoes "Four Thieves Gone" in its chorus, but also has nice melodies and instrumentation throughout.

This album is mellow. If you love the Avetts, then you'll probably enjoy it. If you love the Avetts' harder songs and get a beer during the slow stuff, you'd probably be better off buying a pack of PBR. If you've never heard the Avetts, this probably isn't the disc to start off with unless you fancy Iron and Wine, Bright Eyes, or other lighter fare- try Mignonette or Four Thieves Gone, Carolina Jubilee if you can find it. Five-star product regardless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cassi Patterson on January 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A gentler more soul searching Avett Brother recording."Oh man" you will think, as you are listening, "I have, I did, exactly....."

Scott and Seths song writing skills are never better. Anyone that can sing a song about a hangover that makes you want to cry....brilliance. Nevertheless, as lulling and melodic as the wonderful disc is, see them live. They turn even the most melancholy tune into a foot stomping, string breaking rabble rouser. I love these Brothers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GrendyKhan on January 22, 2008
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I have this album, and it is great. I love all the stuff this band does. I have seen them in concert like 6 times so far, and will be seeing them again in Atlanta in April.
However, do NOT pay some B-S prices of $15 and above. This is a 6 song EP, and while it is good, I warn anyone from paying more then that. I saw one on here today that was $72...from the UK! These boys are from North Carolina, there is no need to buy this from England.
See them if you get the chance, and buy anything they put out, you won't be sorry. Just don't get ripped off here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Drake on December 11, 2006
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I had never heard of The Avett Brothers and saw them live at Pick-a-Thon in Portland, OR, while waiting to hear Iris DeMent and Greg Brown. To say I was blown away is an understatement! My husband and I both fell in love and never looked back. If you've got the gene, this music goes and tickles your lizard brain. The harmonies are pure and raw and the songs are completely personal yet about all of us. Even got to talk to Seth while waiting in line at the enchilada stand. He seemed like a very sweet, genuine guy. The Gleam? Yeah, for sure, buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Draper II on July 28, 2008
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a friend of mine turned me on to the Avett Brothers. What can I say? My only problem with this album is that it's to short. It's a very understated album with sober accessible lyrics. If you can get it for cheap then do so otherwise get something by them with more songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paula Nix on April 24, 2009
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Seriously one of my favorite music acts ever. Brilliant lyrics, captivating story telling, authentic folk/country sound. Love them.
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