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CD REVIEW: G. Love's Fixin' To Die

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THE DEAL: G. Love gets some help from The Avett Brothers — musically and for production — on latest album.

THE GOOD: This is a different side of G. Love than some people might be familiar with. He's stripped off the funky vibes and gone for something more stripped down, acoustic and straight-forward. Scott and Seth Avett did the production work at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville; they also appear on the album, offering musical accompaniment and vocal harmonies. Scott Avett also gets a writing credit for "Katie Miss." Bob Crawford is there for the low end on a few songs and Joe Kwon offers cello work, as well. Don't be fooled though — this isn't an Avetts record. It's clearly an album in which G. Love's vocals are the driving force. His vocals shine on a cover of Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." G. Love would have been fine on his own, but the Avetts lend the right hints of instruments, such as the banjo, at the perfect moments without taking the spotlight away.

The Bad: There's no hint that The Avetts will be in town to help out at his March 9 concert at the Visulite Theatre.

The Verdict: An enjoyable toe-tapping album that shows a comfortable, cozy side of G. Love that focuses on the simpler side of his music.

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