S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT Image

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  • Summary: The experimental trio's fifth album was produced by Chris Koltay and features former band member Ryan Vanderhoof as a guest vocalist.
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  • Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Feb 16, 2011
    They're the kinds of songs that make you want to run into the street and scream to the universe that life is beautiful and magical, which is a pretty nice feeling as long as you can stop worrying about whether people think you're crazy.
  2. Mar 15, 2011
    Completely nonsensical, yes; yet also the perfect way of describing this album as the whimsy-filled journey through life it is.
  3. The Wire
    Apr 28, 2011
    The barbershop harmonies are, as always, impeccable, while the blend of acoustic and electronic textures is subtle and unforced. [Mar 2011, p.58]
  4. Feb 11, 2011
    Organic and jubilant, it successfully weaves psych, world, rock, and folk traditions into something new and endlessly compelling.
  5. Feb 14, 2011
    Like most sequels, S/T II doesn't quite recapture the original's magic. But it evokes enough of Akron/Family's early work to appease old fans as well as new ones, pointing the group back, at long last, in the right direction.
  6. 70
    Second self-titled albums are always interesting decisions, but The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT truly does function as a rebirth, a re-debut of a band that blatantly refuses to contain their creativity and innovation.
  7. Feb 28, 2011
    Akron/Family remain squarely on the frontline in the battle against bad vibes, and their Shinju TNT is a stylistic trainwreck of the most giddy and heartwarming order. Stay cosmic, fellas.

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