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It was a century ago when I first saw Akron/Family perform, in the tiny back room of a bar in Brooklyn that held perhaps 20 people. Akron sat in chairs on a small stage festooned with red velvet and small theater light bulbs, their plentiful gadgets and musical toys littering more than a few tables – always seemingly on the verge of collapse. The young men awkwardly held their guitars in ... Read more in Amazon's Akron/Family Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Young God
  • ASIN: B0007R8FYE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Before And Again
2. Suchness
3. Part Of Corey
4. Italy
5. I'll Be On The Water
6. Running, Returning
7. Afford
8. Interlude: Ak Ak Was The Boat They Sailed On
9. Sorrow Boy
10. Shoes
11. Lumen
12. How Do I Know
13. Franny/You're Human

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 28 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, the man responsible for finding Devendra Banhart has a lot to answer for, in my book, but putting this remarkable band out there has provided some redemption. With a distinctly backwoods beardy appearance, and no clear singles on this self-titled album, Akron/ Family aren’t an obvious stablemate with the weird folkie. Not a family in any sense, but built upon a music-making style they titled AK, this is the sound of folk run through an indie rock sensibility, and it is a magical album. Imagine how the Polyphonic Spree would sound if they could write songs, or mix The Band with the Flaming Lips. Any fan of Sufjan Stevens, M Ward, Hayden or Wilco on a good day will simply fall in love with this album; its melodies are delicious, the gentle, understated instrumentation perfectly judged. It is rewarding to hear music that takes time to germinate, grow roots and flourish before being recorded. Simply wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. P. Lloyd on 28 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
Firstly,hats off to Michael Gira,head of Young God records,and leader of the Angels of Light,following his discovery of Devendra Banhart a few years back,he's done it again with these guys.He likes them so much that he got them to back him on his latest cd.
Secondly,the only help these guys needed was to get the rest of the world to notice them.The breadth of ideas and the lovelinees of the music on display on this cd is fantastic.We have gently strummed guitars,squiggly electronics,found sounds,and angelic vocals combining to make one of the most haunting long players in a long time.
The music is a collision of Radiohead (cica Kid A and Amnesiac),The Band and Devendra Banhart.
Don't pick out individual tracks,play as a whole.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Amazing experimental folk record 25 April 2005
By Lucid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't recommend this album enough. This album has alot of beautiful folk music mixed in with experimental noise and melodies. A friend told me about this album, and at first I thought it was ok, but it's definately a grower. Now I can't get enough of it.

I'm not great at explaining individual songs, so I'll just recommend some songs to get a good idea of their sound. Try these first:

Running, returning (a beautiful epic song)

Italy

Shoes

Franny/You're Human

Hidden Track

Before and Again

I'll be on the water

The only songs on this record that I don't like too much are Suchness and Part of Corey. They're still good songs, just not as stellar as the rest of the tracks. And I can't say I like the burst of white noise in the beginning of one of those songs.

I'd give this album a 4 and 1/2, but since there's no 4 and 1/2 rating, I'll give it a 5. The good far outweighs the bad in my opinion. If you're looking for something new, and you are a fan of experimental folk music, I'd say you should definately give it a shot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Folking It 27 Aug 2005
By Ill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1. Folk music has always, by definition, reflected on the everyday thoughts and experiences of "regular" people. It is successful when it reaches people where they're at, without pretense, and leaves the crowd feeling united with a common understanding: that's my life they're singing about. Folk comes up from the roots and taps that shared feeling, whatever that is. It's the folk musician's job to "get it."

2. The current culture is fractured, increasingly complex and disorienting. Sometimes you have to climb in a hole somewhere to clear your head.

3. Akron/Family is channeling this culture with an unnerving clarity. The album does have some jarring, schizophrenic shifts. There's intense inimacy and hollow, clinical detachment, sometimes within the same breath. Sometimes you can't tell if he's singing in his bedroom or in an underpass. It may be difficult to pin down a common pathos or style. It might make you uneasy. And it really, really works. If it were at all possible to "sum it up" anymore, this album would be doing it, and doing it beautifully.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Progressive...... 20 Jan 2006
By Chris Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As this world gets older, and novelties increase along with our exposure to everything, you must consider that everything you are exposed to influences you in SOME way. This is an album that could have only been made in the 21st century. It does not suffer as a result. It is honest and at times, very sad. And yet, it does not wallow in self-pity or depression - it sounds both somber AND proud. Some of the production techniques are unusual (I love when artists experiment), and yet, quite often, it's usually just a voice and a guitar with ambient sound. Pretty minimal sounding to be the work of a band. This tells me that they didn't feel they had to play all the time - they're secure in their silences.

Like a lot of modern recordings, it triggers a lot of emotions, sometimes complex and contradictory. So it's very human. Which automatically propels it over a whole slew of computerized-sounding assembly-line CD's by so-called "artists". In some ways, it's of its time, and in others, it's timeless. I'm not sure how well I was able to review this....I think as life becomes more complex and artists' work reflect this, it might be harder to define 60 minutes of sounds in 2 paragraphs. But basically, this CD affects me deeply. They are a band to watch out for (in fact, I'm going to see them tonight!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
melancholic lilt 15 Dec 2005
By openingfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
forget the freak folk descriptions, or the need to classify them as dark bluegrass. akron/family are simply strong musicians--pure & simple--no matter whether they are playing toy instruments, televisions, change machines, kazoos, or guitars. this album: great, melancholic lilt that is oddly hopeful & sweet. in the dead of winter, curl up in bed with it as you used to do with this mortal coil. (as for the reviewer who complains about them not getting on with their songs, clearly that person should stick to top 40 b/c he doesn't understand the value of static, noise, humming, and silence: all integral to real av-g composition. see: the tmc comparison above.) akron/family also have a great home recording disc they were selling at their shows in the states last summer: track it down through them: it is a wonderful miscellany. & go out of your way to see them live: they are powerhouses, perched on chairs. cd holds together as a whole (& should be listened to as such), but the tracks that make this album worth the purchase alone: "sorrow boy"; "i'll be on the water"; and "franny/you're human"...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unfolky Folk 16 Sep 2005
By J. G. H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Everyone seems to compare these guys with Devandra Banhart or Angels of Light cause of the label their on but I see them in a totally different light.

These guys are "out there" like many Young God artists yet they are way more melodic. I hear Grandaddy and Radiohead influences more than anything folky. Its just they are more organic than the two bands I mentioned.

Who doesn't want to hear "I'll be on the Water" sitting on a beach somewhere smokin a *****. Granted some of songs don't go anywhere, there is somthing hidden underneath each song which grabs you. Definitely one of the best releases of '05.
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