The Stand Ins - Okkervil River
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  • Summary: The indie rock band releases its latest album produced by Brian Beattie.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. This Austin quintet follows 2007's "The Stage Names" with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame.
  2. All of Sheff’s characters once again come to life on The Stand Ins. More stories are told from the first person than on "The Stage Names," but the theme shines through.
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    The Stand Ins is rich with traces of its conterpart. [Fall 2008, p.92]
  4. The Stand-Ins, reportedly taped at the same time as "Stage Names," is an improvement, not least because Sheff punishes himself (rather humorously) for the sin of relying on tragic heroes at all.
  5. The frustrated love Sheff puts into every Motown bassline, soaring brass section and uplifting chorus means the songs sound inspiring, not bleak.
  6. Stand Ins glows a little less bright than its' predecessor, but it shines nonetheless.
  7. This record is a sequel to 2007’s "The Stage Names," and it shares its predecessor’s concerns: artifice, authenticity, and above all, the sniveling insincerity of hazy-eyed media zombies.

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  1. Jan 29, 2012
    Okkervil River is one of the best bands to come out of Austin. "The Stand Ins" has a few flaws but for the most part, it's a great album. "Lost Coastlines" is an excellent track and really opens the album up to more amazing tracks that are unpredictable. Will Sheff's lyrics are sad at times but you can really relate. All In All, "The Stand Ins" is a really great album. I recommend it. B+ Expand