Album of the Week (12/8) Akron/Family ~ Love Is Simple

As 2016 comes to a close, I've found myself singing some of the lyrics to the 2007 release by Akron/Family; primarily the words sung in the opener "go out and love, love, love everyone..." which is repeated throughout the bookend tracks (and apparently the recipe for getting through tough times in the world). Or the three words of the album title, which stretch longingly in the 3rd song, Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead.

Love Is Simple ~ chaos, rock action, tribal bongo-banging, sentimental sing-alongs and pop gems galore. A cast of thousands live and breed inside... (from the sticker on my shrinkwrap). "The most beautiful thing about the Akron/Family is that they are virtually unclassifiable. Is it rock? Post-rock? Acid folk? Freak folk? Free improvisation? Ultimately, who cares what it is, that it IS is what matters most..." ~ All Music Guide 

I was really into these guys at the time of its release and still can't decide between several of their albums which one I like best. This one holds a special place in my heart because it's when I caught the first of many live shows, which is more like an experience than a concert. The Dodos supported and ended up playing with them their entire set at Rickshaw Stop, as I recall. Hope you like it. If nothing else, it's good advice. ~ DT


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