Sub Verses

Akron/Family - Sub Verses
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #487 / 955
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
April 30, 2013 / Release Date
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Dead Oceans / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Sub Verses offers such a disciplined sense of exploration, multivalent nuance, and commitment in its production and performance; it stands out in an already very distinguished catalog.

75
The 405

Sub Verses may initially scare off the casual listener, but the album reveals itself to be an accomplished work once given time.

70
Under The Radar

The explosion continues here, infused with a bit more darkness than these guys typically conjure up-heaviness, even.

70
DIY

'Sub Verses' is an album in acceptable disorder. The instrumentation, vocalist and mood change from one minute to the next, which makes for a wobbly but addictive listen.

70
Pitchfork

These songs are anthemic, like courtside music for weekend warriors of off-the-grid living, though they reveal Akron/Family as a surprisingly typical rock troupe, rallying around cutting guitar figures and frenzied drum work.

68
Beats Per Minute

They clearly want to sound big, but they lose some much-needed intimacy in attempting that.

60
musicOMH

While their stylistic shift towards pop works, on their discordant tracks, you wish they wouldn’t have half-assed the darkness.

60
Consequence of Sound

Due to that cratered impact, everything on the album sounds urgent, an exhilarating feeling that takes a while to escape.

60
PopMatters

There’s a stability at the heart of these songs, one we haven’t seem from Akron/Family ever, not even in their acoustic-leaning early days.

tha138
65
Powerful psychedelic spins that try to escape themselves.
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Track List

  1. No-Room
  2. Way Up
  3. Until the Morning
  4. Sand Talk
  5. Sometimes I
  6. Holy Boredom
  7. Sand Time
  8. Whole World is Watching
  9. When I Was Young
  10. Samurai
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