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Akron/Family & Angels of Light [coll] – [Young God Records]

Young God is a consistently vital label, but when M. Gira
takes it upon himself to join the fray as he does here, you
can bet something special is at play. The result is like
the battle hymn for an eventual gypsy uprising. The songs
have that epic/ancient flavor, as though they’ve been passed
on from campfire to campfire across history, across continents.
When the Akron/Family gets everyone in full throat, it is
hard not to feel your own blood surge. It’s not the harmonies,
it’s just the sense that each voice is so much stronger when
in unison. Muskateers of music! And when they join their sonic
swords and guitars with Gira, the result is as coherent as the
light coming through the window the first time you find yourself
in a mortuary. Songs of love and destruction, of hope amidst
swirling chaos. The Gira section, which starts with a Dylan
cover is more reflective, and lets the lyrics wander ahead of
the music. Love the close-up mic’ing of Gira’s rich voice.
His work is elegant, but the froth that the Akron/Family lays
down, well it just raises the dead. Fans of order, don’t let
the 50 seconds of frenzied chaos on “Moment” scare you away
from a song that is as big as the plant. Again, those voices
rise up, caught in a series of brief and very live studio
rampage recording. Proof of successful breeding in captivity.
There’s plenty of interesting guitar noodlery as well as
percussion ruckusery. No less than soul stirring.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 13, 2006 at 1:16 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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