Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins (2008)

Rating: 6/10
The album is the second half of The Stage Names, a planned double album. Song by song review: I was really excited on first two Okkervil River songs, following song "Singer Songwriter" destroyed my dreams and made this record similar with any American indie rock run. I'm weak in front of emotional songs, "Starry Stairs" promises, combining depressed voice and orchestral pop sound! However, i can't stop thinking of The Killers comparison, these two bands are almost same. There is also Bright Eyes which stays more succesful than Okkervil in my opinion. The singer groans without letup, and that makes all lo-fi thing irresistible. Ironic and booster song "Pop Lie" makes their music a bit endurable, mixing varied instruments. The last three songs are acceptable. The closing ballad is almost one of best songs in this year, reminding folk master Leonard Cohen.

Something is uncompleted here, The Stand-Ins generally offers ordinary music for ordinary people. A guy from the movie High Fidelity (2000), where he was listening to Belle & Sebastian extremely, was bone-lazy. If he could read my review, he would love this record.

Highlights: Starry Stairs, Pop Lie, "Stand Ins, Three", Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed On The Roof Of The Chelsea Hotel, 1979

Okkervil River - Pop Lie

12 COMMENTS:

Anonymous said...

Okkervil River & The Killers? It's like comparing Dinosaur Jr to Weezer..You totally missed the point, man!

Anonymous said...

wow. that is the worst comparison I've seen in a long time. The difference between Okkervil and the Killers and that the Killers suck. Way off there haus.

Anonymous said...

The Killers...for real? poor review man

Anonymous said...

This review is barely legible! it's true though, Pop Lies is a good song.

Anonymous said...

I agree, horrible review. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

Anonymous said...

accurate review,1!

liz on 4:40 am said...

lame.

Anonymous said...

hmmmm iv always thought they sound a little like a cross between the killers and bright eyes. sorta get what you mean. sorta

Anonymous said...

hmmmm iv always thought they sound a little like a cross between the killers and bright eyes. sorta get what you mean. sorta

Anonymous said...

Okkervil is like no one, they are comepletely original. If you give it a chance you will fall in love with it. Most people are just too concerned about being cool, and his singing voice is as far from cool as it gets.

j on 8:08 pm said...

putting my 2 cents in late, but i just heard okkervil for the first time ever, and thought, i'm getting a weird "killers for the non teenager" feel. it's something about the timbre of will sheff's voice when he stretches a syllable or at the end of a word.
i'm sorry.
the killers and beulah for the trumpets.

Ross on 11:12 pm said...

lrn 2 english, dude

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