Rocksound, Issue 72, May 25 â€™05 (UK) | by Mike Diver
Rating: 8Rural types that ditched the country for the bustle of New York City back in 02, Akron/Family arenâ€™t any old musicians looking to impress upon a scene; theyâ€™re not conventionally cool or hip, aping retro acts to seek commercial success. Theyâ€™re simply men, born with hearts and souls, and all they do is write songs â€“ sometimes sparse, sometimes complex â€“ that possess charm and character enough to render that opening sentence irrelevant: this music doesnâ€™t need location to serve as a point of stylistic reference. Itâ€™s absolutely conceivable that this, their first proper studio release after several self-issued recordings, will attract comparisons to todayâ€™s self-styled â€˜free-folkâ€™ artists. However, it should be noted that whilst Devendra Banhart et al are now successful, money-spinning assets, itâ€™s acts like Akron/Family who craft the songs that cut closest to the bone.