Sub Verses - Akron/Family

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 29, 2013
    Sub Verses offers such a disciplined sense of exploration, multivalent nuance, and commitment in its production and performance; it stands out in an already very distinguished catalog.
  2. May 10, 2013
    It's a denser, darker album than 2011's S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, spending more of its time gazing outward, intent on gleeful subversion and taking delight in making noise for the hell of it. [No. 98, p.52]
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  1. May 24, 2013
    A fan only from their 2009 release, the eccentric sound of Akron/Family captured me with their upbeat grooves which married an ability to create, for a lack of a better word, 'epic' noise. Although coming from a (personally) disappointing 2011 release, "Sub Verses" still carries a bit of the moving groove but in a shift, matures toward a completely different tangent. Lots of noise and sound, part of what makes it an incredible album. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2013
    I thought Shinju was pretty lack-luster but at least on that they were still bein crazy and trying new things. This album plays it way too safe for them and suffers because of it. It's boring and the melodies aren't that intriguing. None of the songs even throw you for a loop with an interesting change partway through. This band used to be my favorite but it seems like they are just digging a hole at this point. Only good song is "In the Morning" which I should mention could have been a great song but they never push it to that next level and pretty much just let it repeat. Full Review »