Magpie and the Dandelion

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Magpie and the Dandelion
Magpie and the Dandelion (The Avett Brothers) cover art.jpg
Studio album by The Avett Brothers
Released October 15, 2013
Genre Indie rock, folk rock, folk punk, roots rock, Americana
Length 43:04
Label American
Producer Rick Rubin
The Avett Brothers chronology
The Carpenter
(2012)The Carpenter2012
Magpie and the Dandelion
Live, Vol. Four
(2015)Live, Vol. Four2015

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]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on its first week of release, with around 58,000 sold in the United States.[7] It also debuted at No. 1 on Folk Albums,[8] and No. 3 on Rock Albums chart.[9] As of December 2015, the album has sold 171,000 copies in the US.[10]

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


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. ^ - The Avett Brothers Talk New Album Coming This Fall & Going Up Against Kanye
  2. ^ - Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting'
  3. ^ - First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'Magpie And The Dandelion'
  4. ^ - The Avett Brothers Write A Letter About Their New Album
  5. ^ - Magpie and the Dandelion
  6. ^ - Who Charted? Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney, Amidst Flagging Figures
  7. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 10, 2013). "Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard. 
  8. ^ "Folk Albums". Billboard. November 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top Rock Albums". Billboard. November 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on December 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Avett Brothers – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Avett Brothers.
  12. ^ "The Avett Brothers – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for The Avett Brothers.
  13. ^ "The Avett Brothers – Chart history" Billboard Digital Albums for The Avett Brothers.
  14. ^ "The Avett Brothers – Chart history" Billboard Folk Albums for The Avett Brothers.
  15. ^ "The Avett Brothers – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for The Avett Brothers.
  16. ^ "The Avett Brothers – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for The Avett Brothers.
  17. ^ "The Avett Brothers - Vinyl Albums". billboard. 
  18. ^ "Top Rock Albums - Year-end 2013". billboard.