Love Is Simple - Akron/Family
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  • Summary: The third album for the NY-based experimental rock group.
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  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. 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.
  3. Often eccentric and unpredictable, Love Is Simple is wholly listenable because it is compelling, honest, and joyful.
  4. The result is pockets of exultant moments when everything comes together and the joyful noise bursts through the clouds. [Fall 2007, p.78]
  5. There’s some exceptional songwriting here.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    Many of their songs go on for weeks, doing little but reiterating banal refrains, badly confusing hypnotic with merely repetitious. [Nov 2007, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. MattD.
    Nov 19, 2007
    I crank this album up all the time.
  2. JasonS.
    Oct 7, 2007
    Akron/Family's output is so varied, that it is difficult to say which of their releases is "best." Nevertheless, I believe 'Love is Simple' showcases Akron/Family at their most focused and proficient point yet. Brilliant album, and my favorite release of the year. Collapse
  3. WesselK.
    Oct 2, 2007
    Joy joy joy!!! This new album by my favorite freefolkers, bursts with creativity and free spirit. It's a lot different from their previous records, the sound is very open and mood is very uplifting. This new coat suits them well! Expand
  4. 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.
  5. kde
    Oct 8, 2007
    It's a bit of a departure from Meek Warrior (thankfully) but one in which they capitalize on their strengths - live music. They've made a great attempt to capture their live sound on several tracks and with great success. It's a superb listen, one of the better listens this year. Expand
  6. MaxA.
    Dec 12, 2007
    The most pretentious record of the year. Load and obnoxious band.