Sub Verses - Akron/Family
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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the experimental trio was produced by Randall Dunn.
  • Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. Apr 22, 2013
    Akron/Family's seventh album proffers 10 diversely arranged slabs of leftfield clamour, all of them shot through with a contrasting pop-classicist melodic sensibility. [May 2013, p.90]
  4. Apr 22, 2013
    The explosion continues here, infused with a bit more darkness than these guys typically conjure up--heaviness, even. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.90]
  5. Akron/Family are never going to stop changing and you never really know what you’re gonna get, but they could perhaps do with a bit more cohesiveness and bit less grandiosity next time around.
  6. 67
    As a whole, the transitions are a bit choppy and sudden, digging away at the coherence of the album.
  7. Apr 22, 2013
    Even if this album is only for a limited audience, it's the sound of a band pushing onwards and upwards into the blue. [May 2013, p.94]

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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. Expand
  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. Collapse