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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Austin band led by singer-songwriter Will Sheff.

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For Real
Some nights I thirst for real blood, for real knives, for real cries. And then the flash of steel from real guns in real life really fills my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Alternative Press
    [Sheff's] uncompromisingly literate songs provide unusually rewarding payoffs. [May 2005, p.124]
  2. The New York Times
    What's most exciting about ''Black Sheep Boy'' is that Okkervil River sounds more than ever like a band. [9 Apr 2005]
  3. It's hard not to stare in open-mouthed amazement at the sheer brilliance of Black Sheep Boy, though you're trying to clinically dissect all the elements that make it so.
  4. It's like Bright Eyes -- urgent, personal, pent-up -- but better; less focused on the individual ego of the "creative genius," more about the group dynamics.
  5. By album's end, two coming-of-age stories are complete: the boy has grown into a black sheep man, and the literate musicians have become a hell of a rock band.
  6. It could be a recipe for pretentious folly, but Sheff harnesses his intricate arrangements and barbed, literate lyrics to cracking tunes.
  7. Black Sheep Boy has bold ambitions, but Okkervil River hasn’t quite reached the point where polished execution equals or surpasses preliminary concept.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. MC
    Jul 1, 2005
    A subdued, more literate and less obscure "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." It's in the same league as the Neutral Milk Classic, although A subdued, more literate and less obscure "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." It's in the same league as the Neutral Milk Classic, although "Aeroplane" takes it by a bit. It's that good Expand
  2. DanO
    Jun 21, 2005
    Album of the year thus far, glad this finally got put on here.
  3. RobT
    Jul 5, 2009
    Black Sheep Boy is a masterpiece on level with NMH's Aeroplane Over the Sea.
  4. ivebeenlisteningtookkervillongerthanyou
    Sep 20, 2005
    this is their most musicaly and emotionly polished album yet
  5. anthonyw
    Jul 10, 2006
    Fantastic album, easily in the top 5 albums of 05. An epic story of the Black Sheep Boy weaved into a storytellers album. Easily their best work.
  6. MikeM
    Oct 14, 2007
    Simply phenomenal. Okkervil River's crowing achievement, and a pure joy to listen to from start to finish. I cannot recommend this album enough.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jun 23, 2005
    no more boring americana albums look ahead fellas

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