Akron/Family & Angels of Light

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Akron/Family & Angels of Light
Akron Family & Angels of Light.jpg
Studio album by Akron/Family and Angels of Light
Released November 8, 2005
Genre Freak folk, art rock
Length 54:51
Label Yound God
Producer Michael Gira, Akron/Family
Akron/Family chronology
Akron/Family & Angels of Light
Meek Warrior
Angels of Light chronology
The Angels of Light Sing 'Other People'
Akron/Family & Angels of Light
We Are Him
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[1]
Gigwise 9/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.0[4]
PopMatters 7/10[5]
Stylus Magazine A[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[7]

Akron/Family & Angels of Light is a split album between New York band Akron/Family and Michael Gira's band Angels of Light. It was released on November 8, 2005, via Gira's own record label, Young God Records.

The album features seven original songs by Akron/Family and three original songs by Angels of Light, plus a version of "Mother/Father" (originally performed by Gira's former group Swans, from the album, The Great Annihilator) and a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Pity the Poor Immigrant". Akron/Family play backing instruments on all of the Angels of Light tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Akron/Family & Angels of Light received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 81, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 15 reviews.[1] Tammy La Gorce of Allmusic stated: "Pair Akron/Family with Angels of Light and what you get, apologies to the label-sensitive, is Grade A art rock."[2] About the collaboration, Sam Ubl of Pitchfork Media wrote: "Gira's fatherly measuredness is a nice foil to Akron's hyperkinetic mini-opera-- at this point, he may be overparenting, but damnit they'll thank him someday."[4] Josh Honn of Stylus Magazine described the albums as "a blend of just about any sonic form one can recall ever hearing," while also further adding that "Gira’s relationship with Akron/Family have created what truly is, in the end, a complete album of epic scale, musical significance and a highly prescient lesson in listening, participating and challenging."[6]

J. Spicer of Tiny Mix Tapes wrote: "This split album breaks new ground for Akron/Family while continuing to affirm Michael Gira as a reputable singer/songwriter," while also concluding that "Gira's influence on Akron/Family is heard throughout each track."[7] PopMatters reviewer Justin Cober-Lake also commented on the album: "This album takes the energy from the live show and mixes it with the creativity of their stunning self-titled debut from earlier this year."[5] Janne Oinonen of Gigwise also commented: "There's plenty to savour here, though, not least the chance to hear Akron Family rein in their genre-hopping tendencies to offer a suitably sparse backing to this stark set of songs that could well originate from the same desolate district as the dustblown gems on Mark Lanegan's Field Songs."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Tracks 1-7 are written by Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton and Ryan Vanderhoof. Tracks 9-13 are written by Michael Gira.

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Awake"   Akron/Family 2:30
2. "Moment"   Akron/Family 5:20
3. "We All Will"   Akron/Family 4:29
4. "Future Myth"   Akron/Family 8:12
5. "Dylan Pt. 2"   Akron/Family 4:36
6. "Oceanside"   Akron/Family 3:36
7. "Raising the Sparks"   Akron/Family 4:16
8. "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" Bob Dylan Angels of Light 3:56
9. "The Provider"   Angels of Light 6:55
10. "One For Hope"   Angels of Light 3:01
11. "Mother/Father"   Angels of Light 2:45
12. "Come for My Woman"   Angels of Light 5:15
Total length: 54:51


The album personnel, as adapted from Allmusic:[8]

  • Seth Olinsky - performance
  • Miles Seaton - performance
  • Ryan Vanderhoof - performance
Angels of Light
  • Michael Gira - art direction, design, production, performance (8-12)
Other personnel
  • Bryce Goggin - engineering, mixing, performance
  • Drew Goren - photography
  • Doug Henderson - mastering
  • Ben Kirkendoll - design, layout design


  1. ^ a b c "Akron/Family & Angels Of Light - Akron/Family & Angels Of Light". Metacritic. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b La Gorce, Tammy. "Akron/Family - Akron/Family & Angels of Light". Allmusic. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Oinonen, Janne (December 14, 2013). "Akron/Family & Angels of Light - 'Akron/Family & Angels of Light' (Young God)". Gigwise. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Ubl, Sam (November 1, 2005). "The Angels of Light / Akron/Family Akron/Family & Angels of Light". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Cober-Lake, Justin (October 30, 2005). "Angels of Light & Akron/Family: Akron/Family & Angels of Light". Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Honn, Josh (December 20, 2005). "Akron/Family & Angels of Light - Akron/Family & Angels of Light". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Spicer, J. "Angels Of Light Akron/Family & Angels of Light (with Akron/Family)". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Akron/Family - Akron/Family & Angels of Light credits". Allmusic. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 

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