- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Release Date: Sep 9, 2008
- Summary: The indie rock band releases its latest album produced by Brian Beattie.
- Record Label: Jagjaguwar
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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|Packed and all eyes turned in, no one to see on the quay No one waving for me just the shoreline receding Ticket in my hand, thinking wish I didn't...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 24 out of 29
Mixed: 4 out of 29
Negative: 1 out of 29
This Austin quintet follows 2007's "The Stage Names" with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame.
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.
FilterThe Stand Ins is rich with traces of its conterpart. [Fall 2008, p.92]
Though it stands up well enough on its own The Stand Ins does feel like a follow-up, rather than something completely new and fresh and forward looking, and it is not as instantly gripping as The Stage Names, it takes longer to wind your way into your mind.
Alternative PressThe pair of albums don't feel at all like a gimmick, but more like a labor of love that gives each of frontman Will Sheff's characters the appropriate amount of time to shine. [Oct 2008, p.152]
It's a straight line from Pet Sounds to Pulp's Different Class, and while Stand Ins and its predecessor share R&B riffs affected with a country twang, connecting this latest dip in the Okkervil to a '90s Pulp-y-ness is a refreshing move.
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.
Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Jan 29, 2012Okkervil 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+… Expand
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