Family - Le Loup
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the indie rock band formed in Washington D.C.
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  1. 82
    Mashing up hypnotic chants, beguiling banjo licks, head-spinning melodies and sonic tomfoolery, these 11 cinematic songs are the pseudo-psychedelic soundtrack to a most wonderful dream.
  2. Family shows that Le Loup have really come into their own since the release of their 2007 debut.
  3. Family is an excellent album. Le Loup hasn’t altered their original goal and purpose, instead they’ve added new collections and they’ve even improved on some of the earlier problems from their debut.
  4. Family offers up a musical experiment that is simultaneously familiar and exotic. [Fall 2009, p.64]
  5. The opaque nature of Family makes it seem like a prime candidate for remixes with a touch more bite, but as it is, this is a record to fill those times when Panda Bear seems just a little too raucous.
  6. After a very strong first half, Family starts to get a little shaky in the home stretch.
  7. Even if the overall effect here isn't terribly original, there are still plenty of nice touches spread throughout these tracks to suggest Le Loup holds the potential to become more than an amalgam of well-regarded influences.

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  1. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    How this album did not make it to the best of 2009 lists are beyond me. Same goes for their first from 2007.