Magpie and the Dandelion

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Magpie and the Dandelion
Studio album by The Avett Brothers
Released October 15, 2013
Genre Indie Rock, folk, folk punk, roots rock
Length 43:04
Label American
Producer Rick Rubin
The Avett Brothers chronology
The Carpenter
(2012)
Magpie and the Dandelion
(2013)

Magpie and the Dandelion is the eighth studio album by folk rock group The Avett Brothers, released on October 15, 2013. The album was produced by Rick Rubin who produced their previous two full-length studio albums, 2009's I and Love and You and 2012's The Carpenter. The band first announced they were working on the album in a June 12, 2013 interview and that the songs were all recorded during The Carpenter's recording sessions.[1] The album's title and release date, along with the first single from the album "Another is Waiting," were released on NPR's All Songs Considered on August 8, 2013.[2] All eleven songs became available for streaming on October 9, 2013 on NPR's First Listen.[3]

The album was recorded during the same recording sessions as The Carpenter and in an open letter to fans published on August 8 the band says the album conveys a feeling on "youthful wonder".[4]

The album received generally favorable praise from critics[5] and reached #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart during its first week.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Open-Ended Life"   4:50
2. "Morning Song"   3:54
3. "Never Been Alive"   3:10
4. "Another Is Waiting"   2:08
5. "Bring Your Love To Me"   3:43
6. "Good To You"   4:24
7. "Part From Me"   5:06
8. "Skin and Bones"   3:57
9. "Souls Like the Wheels [Live]"   4:10
10. "Vanity"   2:48
11. "The Clearness Is Gone"   4:54


Personnel[edit]

The Avett Brothers
  • Scott Yancey Avett - Lead and Backing Vocals, Banjo, Piano, Acoustic Guitar
  • Timothy Seth Avett – Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ, Celeste
  • Bob Crawford - Upright and Electric Bass, Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Joseph Kwon – Cello
All songs performed by The Avett Brothers with help from...
  • Jacob Edwards (drums on 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Lenny Castro (percussion on 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11)
  • Chad Smith (drums on 2)
  • Steven Nistor (drums on 5, 11)
  • Benmont Tench (organ on 2, 7, 8)
  • G. Love (harmonica on 1)
  • Tania Elizabeth (fiddle on 1)
  • ...finale vocals for Morning Song: The Haas Family, Jim Avett, Sarah Avett, Susan Kay Avett, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Aaron "Woody" Wood, Mary Ellen Bush, Jacob Edwards, Stephanie Mirabelli, Charlotte Webb, Hattie Webb.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Radio.com - The Avett Brothers Talk New Album Coming This Fall & Going Up Against Kanye
  2. ^ NPR.org - Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting'
  3. ^ NPR.org - First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'Magpie And The Dandelion'
  4. ^ AmericanSongwriter.com - The Avett Brothers Write A Letter About Their New Album
  5. ^ Metacritic.com - Magpie and the Dandelion
  6. ^ Spin.com - Who Charted? Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney, Amidst Flagging Figures