Stage Names

Performers Okkervil River

Jagjaguwar | January 11, 2012 | Compact Disc

Not yet rated | write a review
Okkervil River: Will Sheff (acoustic guitar); Jonathan Meiburg, Brian Cassidy (electric guitar); Zachary Thomas (mandolin); Scott Brackett (cornet); Patrick Pestorius (bass guitar); Travis Nelsen (drums).
Additional personnel: Kathleen Pittman, Sarah Pizzicheni, Tammy Vo, Scott Jackson (violin); Katie Nott, Will Thothong (viola); Caitlin Bailey (cello); Frances Smith (clarinet).
What's gotten into Okkervil River? While the band has always been basically the vehicle for the songs and musings of frontman Will Sheff, their formless approach--somewhere between indie rock, emo, and roots music--has always tended to be a too-middling, too-pensive, and an altogether too-tasteful affair. STAGE NAMES changes everything. With the mixing help of Spoon drummer and Austin producer extraordinaire Jim Eno, the Austin quintet finally unleash their inner rock animals and deliver an unhinged rock-&-roll record replete with finger snaps, swaggering riffs, and Sheff's most direct and dynamic song cycle yet.
The lead-off, "Our Life Is Not A Movie and Maybe," injects a Belle and Sebastian-esque melodic theme with a sweeping rock energy that finally matches Sheff's penchant for dense, literate turns of phrase. "A Girl in Port" and "Plus Ones" masquerade first as old-style Okkervil River ballads before blossoming into wasted, midtempo country rock. "You Can't Take the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man" continues the touring life themes by riding a T. Rexish glam rock riff with lyrics of girls passed out in hotel chairs. Many times intense touring schedules can derail a band and certainly deplete the depth of new material. Okkervil River have turned this danger into an advantage by harnessing the newfound tightness of a road-tested band and finding new ways to play with the cliches. The resulting long player is a riveting, unique epic that mixes many known elements into something you've never heard before--particularly from Okkervil River.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 11, 2012

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: Jagjaguwar

UPC: 656605211022

save
0%

Ships within 1-2 weeks Hurry, only 0 left! Not yet released

$15.91  ea

Online Price

$15.91 List Price

or, Used from $5.04

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Stage Names

Performers Okkervil River

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 11, 2012

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2007

Label Name: Jagjaguwar

UPC: 656605211022


Title Track Time
1.Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe --
2.Unless It's Kicks --
3.Hand To Take Hold The Scene, A --
4.Savannah Smiles --
5.Plus Ones --
6.Girl In Port, A --
7.You Can't Hold The Hand Of A Rock And Roll Man --
8.Title Track --
9.John Allyn Smith Sails --

Editorial Notes

Okkervil River: Will Sheff (acoustic guitar); Jonathan Meiburg, Brian Cassidy (electric guitar); Zachary Thomas (mandolin); Scott Brackett (cornet); Patrick Pestorius (bass guitar); Travis Nelsen (drums).
Additional personnel: Kathleen Pittman, Sarah Pizzicheni, Tammy Vo, Scott Jackson (violin); Katie Nott, Will Thothong (viola); Caitlin Bailey (cello); Frances Smith (clarinet).
What's gotten into Okkervil River? While the band has always been basically the vehicle for the songs and musings of frontman Will Sheff, their formless approach--somewhere between indie rock, emo, and roots music--has always tended to be a too-middling, too-pensive, and an altogether too-tasteful affair. STAGE NAMES changes everything. With the mixing help of Spoon drummer and Austin producer extraordinaire Jim Eno, the Austin quintet finally unleash their inner rock animals and deliver an unhinged rock-&-roll record replete with finger snaps, swaggering riffs, and Sheff's most direct and dynamic song cycle yet.
The lead-off, "Our Life Is Not A Movie and Maybe," injects a Belle and Sebastian-esque melodic theme with a sweeping rock energy that finally matches Sheff's penchant for dense, literate turns of phrase. "A Girl in Port" and "Plus Ones" masquerade first as old-style Okkervil River ballads before blossoming into wasted, midtempo country rock. "You Can't Take the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man" continues the touring life themes by riding a T. Rexish glam rock riff with lyrics of girls passed out in hotel chairs. Many times intense touring schedules can derail a band and certainly deplete the depth of new material. Okkervil River have turned this danger into an advantage by harnessing the newfound tightness of a road-tested band and finding new ways to play with the cliches. The resulting long player is a riveting, unique epic that mixes many known elements into something you've never heard before--particularly from Okkervil River.
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart