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Old 09-05-2016, 08:33 AM   #1
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Okkervil River On World Cafe : World Cafe : NPR
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Old 09-06-2016, 03:26 PM   #2
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Waiting for my vinyl to come in the next couple of days. I also might get tickets to see them again next month, this time for a full set.
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New album releases tomorrow!
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The Wall Street Journal says this is one of the best albums of the year, so you know it must be good....

‘Away’ by Okkervil River Review: Somber Stories and a Cause for Joy - WSJ
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I listened to the NPR stream once. It sounded promising but I started losing interest towards the end. I need a lyrics sheet for this album.

Do their albums usually come with the lyrics? If so, I might buy it on cd instead of streaming as I usually do nowadays.
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I'll have the CD after work to be able to tell you. I'm surprised you losed interest towards the end, i think the album pickups up with the last few tracks. Listening to the instant download from the Amazon CD preorder now, sounds soooo much better than the stream.
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I think it was due to my own lack of attention. I was busy with some other stuff and not focussing on the lyrics. When I make time for the album, I probably won't have that happen.
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I think it was due to my own lack of attention. I was busy with some other stuff and not focussing on the lyrics. When I make time for the album, I probably won't have that happen.

It's definitely a very different type of album than what they've released in the past. Lower-fi, quieter, longer songs, almost solo albumy in some ways. I could see some people who didn't like the band in the past loving this, and people who loved the band in the past not liking this. Bi'll be interesting to see what happens. I'm enjoying it quite a bit so far.


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New one's release and hearing about it has taken me by surprise. Can't wait to give it a listen as the track record for this band has been so damn strong since Black Sheep Boy.
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I like Away a lot. Maybe a little bit too long/samey but I love the atmosphere on this one and find much of the songwriting very beautiful. Definitely more up my alley than Silver Gymnasium.
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Do their albums usually come with the lyrics? If so, I might buy it on cd instead of streaming as I usually do nowadays.
Sorry, I forgot to respond. The CD does come with the lyrics. It's more of a fold out "poster" with the lyrics on one side than a booklet, but they're there.
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Nice. I'll be picking it up one of these days then.

I'm absolutely loving Frontman In Heaven at the moment. I can see where you were coming from. The record is very consistent through-out.

The Industry is the only traditional OR song but it can hold its own against most great songs of this band.
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I need to buy this.
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The whole pre-album release show in Brooklyn has been released officially:

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I don't like it much. I was really excited after Okkervil River RIP, but turns out that's by far the best track. Judey on a Street and Mary on a Wave provide brief moments of greatness but it's a huge slog. Nearly every song is too long, meandering and it's very same-y.

Everything I loved about Silver Gymnasium, by a long way my favourite Okk album, is absent here. Yawn.
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