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