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The Second Gleam

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Tear Down the House
Murder in the City
Bella Donna
The Greatest Sum (acoustic)
Black, Blue
St. Joseph's
Souls Like the Wheels
The Greatest Sum (electric)
Album Information

Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 28:29

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Get Both Gleams


I and Love and You set me off on listening to everything I could by this band. Their performance of Murder in the City on Austin City Limits shows how the material on this EP is on par with 2009's best record.

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this is great but where's the new one?


Anyone know if "I and Love and You" will be released on eMusic Canada?

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This is hands down one of my favorite albums. Saw them live in LA, they live up to everything they put out. You will not be disappointed.

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Punk bluegrass fun


Saw them at Newport and they were loud and raucous. Murder in the City is a gem. Can't wait for I and Love and You, the title track of which is their best yet.

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Best of 2008...


at least it would have been if it were an LP. What a great combo of energy, excellent song-writing and musicianship. "Murder in the City" is a great tune, and the remainder are stong offerings. Thanks to my sister Carrie and the Time-Warner Americana channel for helping me find this band.

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Great EP


I've always been a fan of the Avett Brothers, but this album is, despite its simplicity, one of their best, in my opinion. My favorite tracks are the first two, but the entire CD is one that you can listen to in one sitting without ever wanting to skip a track.

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Mellow but good


This is mellow Avetts, but with songs this good, who can complain? Hard to pick a favorite track.

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Songs you can sing along with!


I just saw The Avett Brothers and their energy and enthusiasm will remind you of Old Crow Medicine Show. Their songs have soul, melody and well crafted arrangements. Gleem 11 lets you hear their softer side!

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Folk Fabulosity


This is a great record. If you like minimalism, where the music can come to the forefront and stand on its own two feet, then get this ep and its previous sister ep and mix the two together for a potent dose of folk fabulosity.

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Give Me Their Slow Stuff Any Day


Don't get me wrong, I love anything the Avett Brothers put out. However, their slower numbers have always had more of an effect on me. Gleam Part II is no exception. Songs like 'Murder in the City' and 'St. Josephs' rare beautiful and introspective and the among the best Avett Brothers' songs to date.

They Say All Music Guide

With its full-bodied sound and rustic energy, 2007′s Emotionalism helped transform the Avett Brothers into new icons of the progressive folk scene. The album also reached some highly influential ears — most notably those of veteran producer Rick Rubin, who signed the trio to his own American Recordings label in mid-2008. Before jumping to the big leagues, however, the Avett Brothers issued one last recording with Ramseur Records. The Second Gleam is a short and sober affair, dominated by the Avett siblings’ songs about family, childhood, and death. Bassist Bob Crawford is nowhere to be found, which draws a deep line between this sparse, poignant effort and Emotionalism’s sonic swell. But The Second Gleam doesn’t try to be the official follow-up to Emotionalism, nor does it align itself with the ramshackle sound of the band’s earliest work. Clocking in at 21 minutes, the six-song EP takes the Avett Brothers’ most basic elements — banjo, acoustic guitar, melody — and dresses them up with warm, simple production. Had it arrived several years earlier, The Second Gleam would’ve been rife with mistakes and imperfect vocals, the product of a young band whose collective talents had yet to fully ripen. In 2008, however, it serves a nice reminder that the Avett Brothers do, indeed, deserve all the hype. Perhaps this is what Mr. Rick Rubin heard all along. – Andrew Leahey

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