It's easy to write sad songs compared to how difficult it is for many bands to express pure joy. When was the last time you heard a good love song that wasn't about a breakup?
Akron/Family do joy justice. You could focus on the psychedelic country folk experimentation and the odd song structures, but what you really take away from this album is pure childlike joy, even during the darker minor-key moments.
Their love of sonic weirdness is still there in spades, but all the oddness seems perfectly logical and well placed, none of it just dropped in for the critics, as is too often the case in experimental pop.
Akron/Family play Sunday (September 23) at Lee's Palace.