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Good, But Still Something Of A Disappointment
on 10 May 2005
Okkervil River's fourth LP sees the band seemingly exploring a much broader selection of influences and in many ways moving in a different more commercially viable direction. Always being something of a cult and rather geeky artist, on this record we see less of the often bizarre alternative-folk arrangements that defined their earlier work. Happily this shift in style has not had any great impact on Will Seff's lyrics or vocal style. Seff's obscure singing style and gut wrenchingly sad lyrics remain central to the bands sound, which will no doubt please fans immensely. Despite this, it is impossible for fans not to be slightly disappointed by this release, which by all accounts sounds more like the work of some other band lacking, as it does, any the unique weirdness of their early work. Despite this the album still displays the basic the song writing talent that gathered the band their cult following in first place, and is a worthy addition to the bands growing catalogue.