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