Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Okkervil River The Stand Ins

Okkervil River
The Stand Ins

For whatever reason, I have avoided Okkervil River for the past few years. When I heard "Lost Coastlines," with its banjo accents, mariachi trumpets, and Jonathan Meiburg's baritone croon, I had to the give the band a second chance.

Though the majority of the album is not as light-hearted as "Lost Coastlines," the downtrodden tracks are equally as enjoyable. "Blue Tulip" is a lovely slowburner and "Bruce Wayne Campbell" perfectly fills every second of the six minute track. "Calling and Not Calling My Ex" and "Pop Lie" are standouts as well.

So I'm now a converted Okkervil fan and am currently going through their back catalog.

Rating: 3.5 of 4
For fans of: The National


Cheeseboy said...

LOVE Okkervil! However, they peaked with their last album. This album is okay, but their last one was hust brilliant. Glad you came around though.

su-tang 3000 said...

I avoided Stage Names for a long time because I hate the album art so much. I'm listening to it right now and I'll let you know how it goes.