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Loma Vista

Family of the YearAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Most bands function like a family, seeing how touring, writing, and studio time force them to share a lot of small spaces for extended periods of time. But Family of the Year has taken that familial feeling a step further, and not just with its moniker. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that come from cohabitating in a run-down house and ... Read more in Amazon's Family of the Year Store

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B0085FF55W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Stairs
2. Diversity
3. St. Croix
4. Buried
5. Hero
6. Everytime
7. Living On Love
8. Hey Ma
9. In the End
10. Never Enough
11. Find It

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Formed in 2009, Family Of The Year (FOTY) - Joe Keefe, Sebastian Keefe, James Buckey, and Christina Schroeter - After years of "cohabiting" in a run-down house and relying on each other for inspiration and support, the members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds that are undeniable in their infectious live performances and prolific songwriting. The band has already played sold-out shows in England and across Europe, including a triumphant set at France's largest music festival Les Vieilles Charrues..

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return from Family of the Year November 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Family Of The Year is a Los Angeles-based indie band, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe Keefe and his brother Sebastian on drums, bringing sunny, upbeat, acoustic guitar-driven music. Last we heard from FOTY was the great 2011 EP "St. Croix". Now comes the band's second album (after 2009's "Our Songbook").

"Loma Vista" (11 tracks; 39 min.) starts off with the rousing "The Stairs", followed by an even harder-charging "Diversity", one of my favorite tracks on here. Then comes the breezy "St. Croix" (from last year's EP), which is as smooth as silk. "Buried" sounds like the band singing on a beach around a bonfire (with fun lyrics like "Bury me with my guitar/bury me with my T-shirt/bury me with my Chucks", ha!). "Hero" is a pensive tune from Joe, mostly solo on acoustic guitar, a beautiful song. "Living on Love" (also from last year's EP) is a rare track that brings electric guitar to the forefront. "Hey Ma" is a piano-fronted slower song, sounding great. "In The End" is what I would call the "standard" FOTY sound: gorgeous, with lots of vocal harmonizing. The album closer "Find It" brings Joe on acoustic guitar by himself to start, before the rest of the band joins in for a rousing finale. Great way to finish things off!

In all, this is a most pleasing album! The album clips by in no time, covering 11 tracks in about 40 min., and you'll just find yourself playing this again and again. I had the good fortune of catching these guys live recently (opening for Walk the Moon) here in Cincinnati, and what a thrilling 45 min. set they brought, playing many tracks from this album. If you have a chance to see Family of the Year live, do not miss them! Meanwhile, "Loma Vista" is sure to end up in my "best of" albums of the year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far From Original, but Pleasing All the Same May 8, 2013
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No one can accuse Family of the Year of breaking new musical ground -- no, they seem quite content churning over well-plowed earth. There's certainly nothing wrong with that, particularly because they do so to rather good effect on Loma Vista. I downloaded the album after hearing "Hero" on local alternative radio -- enchanted by the plucky guitar and the humble, immensely refreshing anti-self-aggrandizing theme. Ah, so nice to see that the wisdom of "Less is More" is beginning to permeate the airwaves! Throughout the album, you can hear influences ranging from the Beach Boys to Simon & Garfunkel to Nada Surf to Plain White T's and perhaps just a little mid-career R.E.M. (minus the politics). Plumbing the eternal themes of romance, distance, family, and comfort lost and found, you might call this "the" (or perhaps "a") quintessential college album.

"I don't wanna be a big man..." Amen, my friends!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative music June 17, 2013
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Lovely sound and feel to this music. Reminds me of Coldplay before they went into the dance/electronica scene (which I, for one, think they did with Mylo Xyloto). Musically (not lyrically or vocally) it's got the feel of some of John Mayer's songs, in terms of lightness, although I haven't heard enough of John Mayer to make a true comparison. Anyways, I think it's a great album and I'm hoping for more. After just a few listens, the tracks that stand out for me are:

The Stairs — The sample gives an accurate impression of this song, so check that out and see if you like it.

St. Croix — Definitely faster paced but not overdone or harsh (like some bands are with electronica or heavy percussion or whatever).

Buried — A bit silly, very fun song, very nice lyrically and musically.

Hero — So far in my view, the most poignant/emotionally potent song. It's not that it's "deeply moving" or something—just very good music and evocative, for me at least.

Probably some further listening will open up my views on the rest of the songs. These are just songs that, if you're going to get a single, would give you a good impression of the album. (Good as in actually good, and probably good as in accurate also. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuenful Rock May 21, 2013
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Thsi album is chock full of listenable, rather poppy rock tues, although there are likely no hit singles on the album. It all hangs together rather well though, with a nice mix of uptempo songs and ballads. All in all, a farily enjoyable listening experience that gets better with each listen. Followers of Plain White T's and Rooney (for example) will like this collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album December 29, 2012
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I really am enjoying this CD. Great tunes. Well played. Well done vocals. Everything flows and no bad tracks. I recommend this highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I feel in love the song Hero, then I got the entire digital album and I listen to it during my workout, very cool music.
Great Vids too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Band! August 5, 2012
By Joel
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Loma Vista is one of my favorite albums in my collection. The music is good on the very first listen, and it only grows on you as you listen to the album over and over. I had the chance to hear Family of the Year play in Atlanta with Milo Greene. It was not an event to be missed. I look forward to hearing them again and to their next album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album March 12, 2014
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This is a great album with clever lyric writing and fun music... a nice diversity of sound amongst the tracks also. I've really enjoyed the entire product over quite a long period of time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars unknown
Took a gamble, not bad. Musicians that cuss on their music need to think about that. Immature. Pleasant music should not have profanity in it SHAME.
Published 4 months ago by agtnew7
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
very good band would recommend and good beat makes your feet move and body shake lol very good music. #1
Published 6 months ago by pookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Family of the Year
Just discovered this band recently and saw them in concert. Hero is a great tune, but the whole album is great and satisfying. Love it.
Published 8 months ago by Lola Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great album by a great new band! I like the entire album. It is very relaxing, easy listening. Very talented group.
Published 8 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars A combination of the 70's Beatles to Pink Floyd
you got this range of sound melodic sounds. you miss home with Mom, and fall in love with Hero. they are a great companion
Published 8 months ago by RM
3.0 out of 5 stars Good songs but poor sound quality
I love this album. The songs are amazing but the recording level is too high. Most of the songs, except the quiet ones are full of distortion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Meo
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
As usual, only ONE good song on the entire CD. Such potential, such a let down. Maybe in a few years they'll publish a "Best Of" CD and we'll get our moneys worth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love their sound and songs!
Family of the Year, a band going places, has a great collection of alternative rock tunes on this cd. I LOVE these songs!
Published 11 months ago by Jennifer Flint
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great album for my taste
I fell in love with their song Hero on this album, so I figured I'd buy it. I don't knock the band at all, just not my taste I think. The other tracks were so-so in my opinion. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected.
I bought this cd for one song, Hero, and ended up loving almost every tune on the cd. They are a fun group to listen to for all ages.
Published 12 months ago by Kathy Mccracken
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