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Akron/Family | Review

fussmagazine.com | Dave Obenour

a record that drips and oozes with the joy and sincerity of which it was made

Akron/Family 8.2/10.0 Building off their tremendously bizarre and beautiful debut, Akron/Family return with the first half of their split record with label head, mentor, collaborator, and enthusiast Michael Gira (of Angels of Light). Their traditional mix of the untraditional continues further as they indulge more and more of their whims making a record that drips and oozes with the joy and sincerity of which it was made. The album starts out with Awake, which introduces a haunting slightly unsettling vibe complete with full-band harmony. The following songs turn into multiple part epics to their credit and fault, mixing and matching with the unbridled energy and attention span of an attention-deficient four-year-old. Dylan pt. 2 reintroduces the "slightly unsettling vibe complete with full-band harmony" only taking the original concept and blowing it to classic rock proportions. Akron/Family's portion is rounded off with Oceanside, which wears it's Gira influence on its sleeve and the gorgeous Beatles psych-jam out complete with a spiritual revival of Raising the Sparks.
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