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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 (May 5, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DEAD OCEANS
  • ASIN: B001W3P5EU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everyone is Guilty
2. River
3. Creatures
4. The Alps & Their Orange Evergreen
5. Set 'Em Free, Pt. 1
6. Gravelly Mountains of the Moon
7. Many Ghosts
8. MBF
9. They Will Appear
10. Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship Version)
11. Last Year

Editorial Reviews

Their musical vocabulary runs deep - it's not just Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, and The Grateful Dead that inform this record; the band feels at home, confident, and self-assured. With limited outside assistance, the trio has made a focused, powerful, and unified work. This is the new psychedelic rock.

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Either way, get this album, and decide for yourself.
Billy Kittleman
Buy this CD and you'll find yourself dropping life's dull realities like clothes at the shore of a psychedelic swimming hole.
suncentaur
In conclusion, this is a great up and coming band and their material is consistently interesting.
The Pitiful Anonymous

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Pitiful Anonymous on August 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Akron/Family are an 'experimental rock band', also occasionally lumped in with the 'freak folk' stylings of The Angels of Light, or the more psychedelic Animal Collective. They have an extremely wide range of influences in their work, and yet they sound like a cohesive band with their own identity. You can hear the Led Zeppelin, the Sonic Youth, the Jethro Tull, as well the more modern sounds of Modest Mouse and The Arcade Fire. They're obviously listened to loads of obscure psychedelia and probably electronic music, too. The vocals range from the raw, out of tune modern indie style to a smooth tenor to Radiohead-esque breathless crooning. And if there was any question about it, they're definitely a bunch of hippies, as the tie dyed flag on the cover would suggest.

For the most part, they have near perfect control of all these different sounds, and their music paints subtle and colorful pictures. The band has a lot of passion and feeling in what they do. Their experiments definitely do not all find equal success, yet "Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free", their 4th album (and my first experience with the band), is an incredibly listenable album. After a little while, the listener knows each track will likely be distinct and stylistically different from the rest, even if they aren't all as compelling as "River" or "Creatures", the two best songs on the album, by far.

"River" is some kind of mad, over-intellectualized campfire singalong, complete with some seriously wordy lyrics, but the melody will get stuck in your head for days, and the band plays with a lot of energy... Somehow, it all totally works. "You and I and the flame make three". This song really exemplifies the woodsy, pagan flavor of the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suncentaur on September 20, 2009
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These guys are great. I first heard them just a few weeks ago on KCRW's morning becomes eclectic, and I immediately fell in love with their music and their hippie spirit. The songs are so alive and have such a spontaneous spirit, though they are expertly crafted. This was the first album of Akron/family I bought. I just ordered "love is simple" as well. I think I'll eventually end up with their whole collection, and can't wait to see them live. River is the most amazingly heart stopping love song I think I've heard in a long time. The lyrics on this CD are very poetic and the music is guaranteed to take you for a ride through the dreamiest places of your soul. Just when you're being soothed into a mystical lullaby, you'll be rushed awake by a tide of stirring guitars and their own special brand of jam which I can't quite find words for. Buy this CD and you'll find yourself dropping life's dull realities like clothes at the shore of a psychedelic swimming hole. Once in you won't want to get out.
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I really enjoyed Akron/Family's tenure on Young God Records (but then, I am a fan of Michael Gira) and "Love is Simple", in some ways, was their crowning achievement on the label (although the s/t debut, along with their live act, is why I became a fan).
I figured that, after "Love is Simple", they would either take an acoustic/calm turn or a heavily experimental path...In some ways, they do both on "Set 'em wild...", but not in the way you'd think. With the departure of Ryan, they have both lost something
and gained something--but I can't put my finger on what. That is both my problem with the release as well as what is fresh and intriguing. In multiple listens, a few tracks really stand out ("many ghosts", "everyone is guilty", "gravelly mountains..")
and the the rest of the album remains in limbo. Perhaps this is because I so enjoyed "Love is Simple" and wanted them to explore some of those structures more. On the other hand, you can't expect a band this talented and original to stay put. What you end up with, then, is a step into somewhat unfamiliar territory (but a place that contains enough familiar landscapes--i.e. the vocal harmonies, guitar adventurousness
and the somewhat underrated percussion of Dana Jenssen). And once you're there, its not all that bad.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aproductofsociety on August 2, 2009
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I have been an admirer of Akron/Family for years. I've got all their albums, have seen them in concert several times, etc. For reasons that aren't quite clear, this latest album really isn't doing it for me. All the usual Akron/Family stylistic traits are there... quirky existential lyrics, sound levels veering from quietly meditative to prolonged loud assault, intermittently countrified instrumentation.... but it just isn't adding up. Could the fact that Michael Gira didn't produce this record have something to do with its problems? I was never wild about Gira's own songs, but it might very well be that he was instrumental in making Akron/Family so compelling on their prior disks. Or could the bigger issue be Ryan Vanderhoof's departure from the band? Whatever the cause, "Love is Simple" and earlier albums were meaningfully better, in my view, than this one.

My disenchantment with "Set Em Wild..." is not the usual "uh, the band has changed its style, and I don't like this new style" -- Akron/Family is using the same musical vocabulary but their execution of it is much less effective here than in previous efforts. They've kept the shell of their music (the facade, really), but much of the soul has apparently moved on.
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