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  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B0000B17RU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Part of me hopes that Okkervil River will become insanely famous and achieve the notoriety they so clearly deserve, yet the other part wants me to keep being able to see them in intimate venues with other obsessed fanatics. I sincerely hope, however, that many others get to hear and appreciate the heart of the poetic lyrics and the sheer fantasticness of this band. They obviously love what they do and are getting better and better at it. Down The River Of Golden Dreams is catchy and accessible, yet still intelligent and beautiful. In a word, amazing..
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To the dark melancholy of 'Don't Fall In Love...', Okkervil River's brand new offering 'Down The River of Golden Dreams' is a ray of sunshine. Well, dark sunshine. Sunshine behind a cloud... with rain. 'Down the River of Golden Dreams' is that sunshine between rain, then. With lovely wind noises.
Decidedly more up-beat, this album drops the predominantly mandolin and thrashed acoustic guitar of it's predecessor in favour of wurlitzer in a sleeker, more refined and mature sound- still irrevocably that 'Okkervil River' sound, with no small thanks to Sheff's bitter-sweet and immensely distinctive, soulful vocals.
It is a glorious anthology of short stories, each one memorable, meaningful and double-edged- that is, an occasionally rusty, serrated edge- so if manufactured pop is your haunt- you have been warned.
Approach this with an open mind and you will be rewarded, enlightened and uplifted, for 'tis a beautiful creation, but fragile; so tip-toe towards it, lest it shatters.
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Beautiful lyricism, great emotional singing and lovely melodies. No filler, only great tracks. Really a truely amazing record. Flawless.
(There's just no need for more words)
Go check it, give it a few listens and you'll love it. I see the other 2 reviewers have already praised this, so I'll just say, they're right.
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2009
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I am an Okkervil fan but this is my favoutite of all of thier albums. Whilst being only the second subsatntive studio album it has maturity and adventure far beyond what you would expect from such a young(ish) songwriter in the sape of Will Sheff (he is too talented - even does the rudddy artwork). There is not one bad track on this whole album and that is rarer than an honest MP's expenses claim. Songs of twisted beauty like 'For the enemy' and 'The war criminal rises', deal with such uncommon subject matters with care beauty and passion that sweeps you along with every note. 'The velocity of Saul..'is another example of being able to pull strings of emotion together with lovely music and poetry that just drops on you from thee ether with effortless wonder. The whole album ends with 'Seas too far to reach', which I think is now one of my favourite songs ever, with la la's and everything. There is never enough of that sort of thing as far aas i am concerned oh yes and mandolins too. Miss this at your peril.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a9e2abc) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c5a51c) out of 5 stars makes me think of the ocean on a foggy dawn 9 Jun. 2004
By aloverofgreysilentdays - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must confess, it took me a few weeks to get into this album. I slowly waded into it - and waded is the right word, because this album, for me anyway, has a very distinct sea-influence, like the songs rose up from a foggy coastline - it's just thick with atmosphere, this album. The vocalist has a bit of a whiney sound sometime, but after repeated listen I really feel comfortable with his voice - he is passionate, and I prefer passion to stale vocals that don't take any risks. Acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, and organs abound - very nice instrumentation - the quicker tempo tracks are very very good - I love the last song with its mandolin flourishes and sing along ending - I think this album deserves to be heard - any Wilco or Decemberists fan would probably dig this sound - check it out! Enjoy!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c5a570) out of 5 stars This album made me fall over with delight. 4 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To the dark melancholy of 'Don't Fall In Love...', Okkervil River's brand new offering 'Down The River of Golden Dreams' is a ray of sunshine. Well, dark sunshine. Sunshine behind a cloud... with rain. 'Down the River of Golden Dreams' is that sunshine between rain, then. With lovely wind noises.
Decidedly more up-beat, this album drops the predominantly mandolin and thrashed acoustic guitar of it's predecessor in favour of wurlitzer in a sleeker, more refined and mature sound- still irrevocably that 'Okkervil River' sound, with no small thanks to Sheff's bitter-sweet and immensely distinctive, soulful vocals.
It is a glorious anthology of short stories, each one memorable, meaningful and double-edged- that is, an occasionally rusty, serrated edge- so if manufactured pop is your haunt- you have been warned.
Approach this with an open mind and you will be rewarded, enlightened and uplifted, for 'tis a beautiful creation, but fragile; so tip-toe towards it, lest it shatters.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c5a744) out of 5 stars Best stomache ache you'll ever get 27 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
We all know amazon reviews are the most biased opinions you can get anywhere - every cd is apparently the best one in the world. I'd say in recent years there have been a lot of 4.5 star cd's out there, excellent, worth listening to for months straight, but not quite deadly. This cd is absolutely deadly.. i'm not much for the nu folk scene, and wilco isnt my cup of tea.. but theres somethign undeniable here. Buy this album. If you have a soul, it will thank you.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c5ac78) out of 5 stars They Keep Getting Better And Better 8 Sept. 2003
By Shamus Macgillicuddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I once read an interview with Okkervil's singer/songwriter Sheff in which he said he didn't want to be famous--well, there isn't going to be much he can do about that after this album. The band's sound is too strong to be ignored. As for Sheff himself, he sounds like the singer Jonathan Richmond could have been, but never quite developed into--and his lyrics read as beautiful on paper as they sing. This is a brilliant group that just keeps getting better and better. If they keep topping themselves with every album the way they've been doing, I think they are going to give me a heart attack.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c5ad98) out of 5 stars perfection 20 Oct. 2005
By matttttt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this album for a couple of years now and just recently it has been sitting on repeat over and over probably because of the mood I have been in.

This is one of the most honest and beautiful albums ever. Ever.

Each and every song has it's own beauty in it's own special way. It seems like even when I don't comepletly see what a song is getting it, I can still relate to the words in my own way.

There isn't any one single track I would claim to love more than any other because I really only listen to the whole cd at once. (though the album version of 'The Velocity of Saul at the Time of His Conversion' is kind of weak, I much prefer the one from Stars Too Small to Use but that hardly makes a difference).

If you're a fan of Neutral Milk Hotel, Murder by Death, or other such melancholy, instrument-laden, emotional, lo-fi, indie-folk bands, and you don't like this you should be beheaded, end of story
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