• Record Label: Anticon
  • Release Date: Jul 19, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 12, 2011
    Bleak and beautiful, Family & Friends is an absolute beast.
  2. Sure the tone is often depressive or satirical. But it's also often kind, pained, silly, unhinged, and other things.
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    The result is a deeply humane album, it makes poetry out of the disappointments of daily existence and narrative out of the mistakes that people make.
  4. Jul 26, 2011
    Ironically, spitting over minimal head-knock beats from WHY? and Advance Base, Serengeti sounds reborn.
  5. Jul 26, 2011
    What Family & Friends delivers is a cogent collection of tales ruminating on relationships. Serengeti has always done this well, in particular with the way he captures the honesty of a relationship cycle, the little odds and ends that undermine the adage that we shouldn't sweat the small stuff.
  6. Jul 26, 2011
    Overall this will be a very divisive record for people: fans of non-traditional hip hop and abstract lyricism will love this record, fans of more mainstream sounding hip hop who enjoy flow and deliveries will probably not enjoy it as much.
  7. Aug 3, 2011
    It's by turns weird, pretty and deeply humane--the sound of an arty rhyme junkie letting his mind wander all over.
  8. Jul 26, 2011
    Placing aside what amounts to unfortunate filler (the friends portions aren't as evocative), Family & Friends portrays the inevitability of growing up and keeping up with outside expectations with a deft touch.
  9. 70
    This hybrid, mixing tracks that would be at home on a Sufjan Stevens or Dirty Projectors album with strong hip hop beats, creates a unique sound, showing that Serengeti is carving himself a niche in this overcrowded hip hop market. But it's his brilliant lyrical stylings that will pull you in and make you want more.
  10. Jul 26, 2011
    Not quite stylistic opposites but still distinctly different, the two producers almost always make sure to stay on the same page, taking skeletal percussive tracks and shocking them with little flecks of light. But as with much of Family and Friends, that light seems to be just out of reach.

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