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  • Summary: The latest neo-folk outfit under the tutelage of Michael Gira are the Brooklyn quartet Akron/Family, who make their debut with this self-titled release.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Akron/Family merge shifting, sometimes impressionistic arrangements with limpid lyricism. The result is an elusive -- but strong and deeply fascinating -- debut.
  2. This debut will not be the record of their career and leaves me wanting more already, but it is the right record at the right time and a stupidly profound and convincing debut that is up there with the best releases of the year thus far.
  3. Blending the real and the imagined, live performance and tape manipulation, traditional instruments and skewed found sounds, Akron/Family carves an eccentrically lovely niche for itself in the ever-expanding psych-folk landscape.
  4. Despite the boundlessness of their instrumentation, Akron/Family maintain remarkable warmth... playing at restrained volumes that invite close listening.
  5. 70
    Intriguing, endearing and, given time, surprisingly addictive. [Jun 2005, p.104]
  6. 70
    [It] is largely unfettered by the dictates of genre. [Jul 2006, p.106]
  7. Akron/Family has definite talent, but less forced naturalness, tighter song structures and greater emphasis on appealing harmonies could only help the group in its quest to conquer the known musical universe, or, at the very least, the corner organic foods mart.

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  1. LouiseH
    May 21, 2005
    10
    I loved the cd. It was creative and lively out of the box music. Very refreshing. This band really has something going.
  2. JohnP
    Feb 5, 2006
    10
    Best album of 2005.
  3. Kevin
    May 22, 2005
    10
    This is easily the best release of 2005 so far; a vastly underrated "debut." Check out "Running, Returning," and "Lumen," these are the best cuts. But they're all good so I command you to buy this! Expand
  4. AdamR
    Jan 29, 2006
    10
    amazingly dynamic and eerie album that, despite it's often upbeat southern feel, can inspire me to dreams of the strangest and deepest things.
  5. Ben
    May 20, 2005
    9
    Easily one of the most endearing and admirable release of the year. Tracks like "Italy" and "Franny/You're Human" make this record extremely addicting and highly impressive. Akron/Family is a band to keep your eye on. They're going to do some great things. Expand