#14. Akron/Family - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
(Dead Oceans, 2009)
These guys really let their "freak-flag fly". Think the original Funkadelic morphed with Grateful Dead's more psychedelic stuff and you kind of get the idea of where this is going. Album opener "Everyone is Guilty" is one of the best opener this year with it's funky rhythm patterns and afrobeat guitars. In my opinion Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free is the first Akron/Family album that really works as a whole. Some of the earlier albums have had tracks that were simply genius but the albums still were a little too experimental. This time the songs are stronger all around and the experimentation are maybe a little more toned down, which makes it an easier album to get into for the listener - and just better.
Highlights for me are "River" and "Gravelly Mountains on the Moon". The latter probably is a little homage to Grateful Dead's "Mountains on the Moon". The gravelly part you will understand when you listen. Freaky stuff indeed.