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Akron/Family & Angels of Light | Review

Rock Sound (UK) | Mike Diver

it's acts like Akron/Family who craft the songs that cut closest to the bone

8 of 10 Novemeber, '05 Rural types that dirched the country for the bustle of NYC back in '02, Akron/Family aren't any old musicians looking to impress a scene; They're not conventionally cool or hip, aping retro acts to seek commercial success. They're simply men, born with hearts and souls, and all they do is write songs - sometimes sparse, sometimes complex - That possess charm and character enough to render that opening sentence irrelevant: this music doesn't need location to serve as a point of stylistic reference. It's absolutely conceivable that this release will attract comparisons to today's self-styled "free-folk" artists. However, it should be noted that whilst Devendra Banhart et al are now successful, money-spinning assets, it's acts like Akron/Family who craft the songs that cut closest to the bone.
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