Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Like its predecessor, The Stand Ins also continues to stretch the band's mopey sound.
  2. Under The Radar
    60
    The Stand Ins has its moments of enlightment, but, as a whole, it's a distant cousin to a far superior record. [Fall 2008, p.82]
  3. 60
    Okkervil River can deliver terrific songs when ambitions are kept in balance, but this uneven record is in dire need of an editor.
  4. The Stand Ins doesn't really figure out what it wants to be until its second half.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 29, 2012
    8
    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.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+ Full Review »