The Stage Names - Okkervil River

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Despite its density (they fit worlds into just nine songs), the album remains exciting and accessible, albeit highly sobering.
  2. The Stage Names is a relatively straightforward roots-rock record, rounded out by clever, pop-culture-obsessed songs.
  3. Each song is expertly crafted, with an amazingly punchy set of melodies delivered by an extremely tight band with sometimes larger arangements that never become fussy. [Summer 2007, p. 76]
  4. Thanks to the fuzzy-folk-rock vibe, Names never feels like an undergrad lit class. [24 Aug 2007, p.133]
  5. This album truely is a collection of gems. [Oct 2007, p.162]
  6. With his band's fourth studio album, frontman Will Sheff stakes a claim here for the right to be called the best songwriter working right now.
  7. 90
    Wildly alive, majestic and by turns brooding and raucous--often within the same song--The Stage Names burns with all the loneliness and adventure of a never-ending road trip.
  8. Everything is here: melody, harmony, great lyrics, smart instrumentation and pure emotion. It’s book ended by two of the best songs of the year and everything in between is music gold.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Mar 31, 2012
    I thoroughly enjoyed this whole album. From start to finish, it's a melodic, rhythmic triumph that gets better with each listen. All In All, Okkervil River never tend to fail. Full Review »