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  • Summary: Originally intended as an EP, 'Warrior,' at seven tracks and 45 minutes, now stands as the Brooklyn band's second full-length release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Meek Warrior’s seven tracks form a sprawling tapestry where every guitar pluck, clarinet wail or joyous shout seems part of some euphoric cosmic plan.
  2. It's filled with sophisticated yet welcoming changes in texture, dynamic, and form/genre that seem effortless, not forced or idiosyncratic for its own sake.
  3. Despite its scant 35-minute duration, Meek Warrior distills the entire history of experimental pop. Just as impressively, it finally bottles the frantic eclecticism and The Gods Must Be Crazy absurdity of the Family’s live show.
  4. The Akrons' striking group harmonies are at a greater premium here than before, but the grainy, more intimate production retains a sense of communal participation.
  5. The problem, then, is that “Blessing Force” sucks and most of the rest of the songs imitate with varying success the music of the band’s staggering 2005 output.
  6. There's still a welcome sense of spontaneity in the way the songs unfold; it just occurs at a Sunday-morning pace, which should make Meek Warrior the perfect soundtrack for watering houseplants.
  7. 40
    Amid snatches of skewed beauty, it seems Akron/Family have lost a sense of who they really are. [Dec 2006, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. LouiseH
    Oct 15, 2006
    9
    Once again Akron/Family reaches across the threshold and bring us along to show us new and amazing fields of joy. Lovely
  2. iand
    Mar 24, 2007
    8
    I say 8, but I mean "just a hair below 9" This album is pretty and happy and good. I haven't heard their other stuff, or this I say 8, but I mean "just a hair below 9" This album is pretty and happy and good. I haven't heard their other stuff, or this Abgel's of Light stuff, but if it's anything like this I;ll buy it and like it. Expand
  3. RickyS
    Oct 27, 2006
    2
    SOOOOOOOOOO DISSAPOINTING! I ADORED their last album. Truly. I saw them in concert and met all of them and they were great and really cool SOOOOOOOOOO DISSAPOINTING! I ADORED their last album. Truly. I saw them in concert and met all of them and they were great and really cool guys actually. Thats why I'm so dissapointed. The last album was amazing, this one sucks. Its just noise rock. More freak folky. I miss the beauty of the last albums. Where are songs like "Shoes," "Afford," "How Do I Know," "Before and Again," and "Italy." I miss them. Truly Expand