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  • Summary: Chicago-based David Cohn's latest album as Serengeti was produced by Why's Yoni Wolf and Owen Ashworth.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 12, 2011
    100
    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
    80
    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. 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.
  5. Jul 26, 2011
    70
    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.
  6. Jul 26, 2011
    68
    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.
  7. Jul 26, 2011
    60
    His dedication certainly pays off, Friends & Family grabs ears almost immediately--but as his tropes wear down, it can't help but feel a little hollow.

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