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The Stage Names [VINYL]

Okkervil River Vinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"The goal was to push my brain to places it didn't want to go. The idea was to not have any idea – to keep myself confused about what I was doing," frontman Will Sheff says about Okkervil River's newest album. "I produced it myself so that I could extend the songwriting process all the way through to the very last second of recording, so the songs would never ... Read more in Amazon's Okkervil River Store

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  • Vinyl (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B000SINSV2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It was your heart hurting 11 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Some bands recycle their sound from album to album, until they implode into a creative vacuum.

And some bands refine, rework and polish their talent, turning out increasingly brilliant, full-blown music. Fortunately Okkervil River fits into the second category, amping up the sound of their previous opus "Black Sheep Boy" and giving it a rollicking, lovable rock sound... without losing the freakfolk/alt-country edge.

It opens with a tight little riff, and Will Sheff moaning, "It's just a bad movie, where there's no crying... It's just a life story, so there's no climax/No more new territory, so pull away the IMAX." It unfolds into a blazing, thumping, piano-riddled rock song that sweeps the listener in its wake, just before letting you drop into quiet interludes.

So what's it about? Basically, about a person who sees their life as a movie, but is being told that it isn't all about them: "No fade in: film begins on a kid in the big city/And no cut to a costly parade -- that's for him only!/No dissolve to a sliver of grey -- that's his new lady!".

It's a strong start, and it's a good springboard to what comes next: sizzling rockers, bouncy indiepop flavoured with horns, plinky piano and "doo-doo!" vocals, smooth twinkling ballads, and rollicking alt-country. It doesn't sound that cohesive, but the songs do mesh well -- they all have a wistful, expansive quality that seems to spill over their edges.

Lots of people encountered Okkervil River by their 2005 album "Black Sheep Boy," but "The Stage Names" just evolves and expands the same kind of music. It's a bit less angular, a little more introspective, and a lot catchier -- it hasn't gotten any less poignant, but the melodies are rollicking fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island disc 22 Mar 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is one of my all time favourite albums and so I felt I had to write a review. Will Sheff and co not only leads, writes the songs but does the art too and the cover from this actually matches `The Stand Ins'.
Where to begin, this was the first album in a long while that I felt did not have a single bad track on it, although they are all stand out tracks, my least fave is `Savannah Smiles' but it is still miles better than most contemporary work.

The rest of the album is genius from start to finish, from the rocky up beat `Unless it's kicks' to the ballad beauty of live favourite -`Girl in Port'. All of the songs tell a tale that is beautifully constructed and often with poetic imagery that belies the youth of Mr Sheff. The music is excellent with every track having its own identity and yet a cohesive binding giving this album a clear personality. A strength mentioned elsewhere that while Sheff and Co always keep one foot placed firmly in Americana, they seem to stamp an identity on everything they do.

If I had to take only two records to live on a desert island this would be one of them, but I am still working on number two, but you would not go far wrong with another Okkervil classic - `Down the river of golden dreams'.
Down the River of Golden Dreams
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 11 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Yep - this band have matured perfectly, this time like a nurtured Pinot Noir.

If you are one of those people that always thought OR were a band of 'almost but not quite', then let me assure you 'quite' has most definitely arrived. In abundance.

This is a very accomplished album indeed. Cleverly crafted, musically layered & complex, and wonderfully written (as always) and performed. The result is a rich exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish - no fillers to be found here. And let me not forget great beauty too (Girl in Port).

This is (and no doubt will be) considered OR's best album. And rightfully so.

Long long long may this highly underrated band continue in this vein. As this has left me hungry for more. Much more.

"Let fall your soft and swaying skirt /
let fall your shoes /
let fall your shirt /
I'm not the ladykilling sort /
enough to hurt a girl in port"

Wonderful stuff and highly, HIGHLY recommended for the music enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece...but not even their finest hour... 26 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is probably one of the finest records ever released but it is still not quite as good as Black Sheep Boy (that tells you how good that album is!). This is one of those records which creeps up on you. First couple of plays it was ok, nothing which grabbed me and made me want to play that particular song over and over again. Then you connect with Will and what he's trying to say and the tunes just get stuck in your head. 'Unless it Kicks' is still probably my favourite track but the moody 'Girl In Port' is a classic and a close second. To be honest there is not a duff track on here! They all creep into your brain and then make you want to play them repeatedly. If you are new to OR then this is the album to start you off.
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