Love Is Simple


Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. There is so much to go back to, beyond cheap thrills and catchy, yet dimensionless, hooks. An album for the ages.
  2. In the end Love Is Simple is less than the sum of its parts. Its balls-out rock is fun but hopelessly overloaded (like, how many vocal tracks do these songs really need?) while its softer sections sound like brief intermissions before the guitars pick up again, making them relatively limp.
  3. Akron/Family have stepped into the light for the first time with Love Is Simple, and the results alternate between gawky and deeply enjoyable; the record is bursting at its seams with lovingly and vividly realized ideas culled from a broad selection of prior works.
  4. Suspending cynicism for a moment, this is their strongest release to date.
  5. Akron/Family do joy justice. You could focus on the psychedelic country folk experimentation and the odd song structures, but what you really take away from this album is pure childlike joy, even during the darker minor-key moments.
  6. Love Is Simple is Akron’s most streamlined album, one that bridges their multitudes and, finally, puts forth a series of discreet songwriting ideas rather than merely splashing about in genres.
  7. It's as wild and heterogeneous as the rest of the band's work, and manages to bring all the elements at play in their music into the tightest, most carefully balanced equilibrium they've achieved yet.
  8. It's not that so many of these disparate sections sound bad--on the contrary, they're generally quite listenable and often feel like excellent mini-songs--but that they seem to willfully distract from a far more worthwhile mantle that Akron/Family are more than capable of taking up.
  9. The results are not only boot-in-the-ass surprising, but also the best thing the band has done to date.
  10. Often eccentric and unpredictable, Love Is Simple is wholly listenable because it is compelling, honest, and joyful.
  11. Under The Radar
    The result is pockets of exultant moments when everything comes together and the joyful noise bursts through the clouds. [Fall 2007, p.78]
  12. Mojo
    They offer up a wonderful lysergic carousel of communal singalongs, spiked pop and tribal hoedowns. [Nov 2007, p.95]
  13. Q Magazine
    At times it meanders, but their weirdness is quite wonderful. [Nov 2007, p.134]
  14. Uncut
    Many of their songs go on for weeks, doing little but reiterating banal refrains, badly confusing hypnotic with merely repetitious. [Nov 2007, p.96]
  15. The Wire
    Although the hard-hearted and selfconsciously cool may dismiss them as the avant folk scene's answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, that's no reason to deny one's self the joyous singalong harmonies of 'Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead." [Oct 2007, p.71]
  16. Magnet
    The LP is an unpredictable and often euphoric collection with plenty to, well, love. [Fall 2007, p.90]
  17. There’s some exceptional songwriting here.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. MaxA.
    Dec 12, 2007
    The most pretentious record of the year. Load and obnoxious band.
  2. MattD.
    Nov 19, 2007
    I crank this album up all the time.
  3. Tyler
    Oct 8, 2007
    I can't stop listening to this. It's hard to not let the hippie-acid-love trip intoxicate you. My favorite record of this year.