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Uncut (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Will Sheff's novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers."Alternative Press (p.124) - 5 out of 5 - "[Sheff's] uncompromisingly literate songs provide unusually rewarding payoffs. Musically, the band capture chamber pop in a rustic barbed-wire trap."Magnet (p.110) - "Okkervil River's Will Sheff has spun Hardin's two-minute ditty into an impressionistic narrative full of blood and conflict, of creaky folk waltzes and surprisingly upbeat rock."Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "2005 Americana Albums Of The Year."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he music is quite beautiful, while the vocals sound like the unnatural union of Will Oldham and Robert Smith."23.07164

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Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'Hinnom, TX' sets off brass and static bursts like distant fireworks; 'Minnesota, WI' blends what sounds like banjos with gnarly brass swells and R&B horns..."Rolling Stone (p.70) - Ranked #21 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Vernon's private world is a soft-rock heaven of the mind."Spin (p.69) - "Once again, he cultivates an enchanted atmosphere, with gorgeous melodies, unique textures, and beautiful singing..."Spin (p.49) - Ranked #14 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "[I]magine a nice, cozy room full of ambitious friends boldly molding an inscrutable art-folk masterpiece."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[A]n emboldened Vernon achieves a beautiful fantasy all his own, backed by a full band and buoyed with horns and pedal steel." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly (p.100) - Ranked #4 in Entertainment Weekly's 'The Top 10 Albums Of 2011' -- "[H]is passion for gentle synth jams comes through so clearly, he makes Auto-Tune sound sincere."Alternative Press (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]eautiful and heartrending. It's something far too busy and layered to be labeled as mere indie folk..."Magnet (p.39) - Ranked #13 in Magnet's '20 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "It manages to be both sweeping and widescreen, yet intimate and inviting..."CMJ - "This is the sound of a man awake in the world and reaching outward, and it'll make you want to wrap your arms around the entire human race."Paste (magazine) - "It retains the beautiful melancholy of FOR EMMA, but in nearly every way, it's just more. More layered, more diverse, more interesting."Clash (magazine) - "[W]hile 'Holocene' and 'Calgary', for example, retain the same spectral beauty of the first album, they're multi-dimensional compositions rather than songs."Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] glorious celebration of -- and experimentation with -- sound....This is a luxurious record, with Vernon's simple songs filtered and engorged at every turn."Uncut (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #9 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "BON IVER was ambitious, fanatically detailed, but still warm and poignant..."16.17567

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "They flesh out the scrappy, back-porch feel with harmonies, wide-ranging drums and analogue keyboards that lend a comforting, aged feel."Pitchfork (Website) - "Though INTER-BE sounds roughly hewn at times, it's an album woven together with great care and a sharp ear for detail..."16.15357

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Uncut (magazine) (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the greasy, overloaded kick of 'Black Leaf'; the swirling psych of 'Faze Wave'...and the tabla-driven drone of 'Outer Realms'."16.15357

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The Wire (p.58) - "[T]his is rock music in constant motion, rhythmically relentless, continually flashing forward....CONTANT FUTURE is unfashionably fearless, and all the better for it."Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "These are tunes you can whistle along to....An album that bursts with life and invention."16.15349

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Streamlined opener 'Don't Pretend You Didn't Know' boasts eye-opening use of piano before J. Mascis's beauteous sustain solo."16.15239

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Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Avalanching metal riffs and spit-polished solos reach for the sky with a classic-rock charisma the band never went for in its youth."Spin (p.90) - "FARM sounds like old-school Dino -- gnarlier, snarlier, and better than it has any business being."Alternative Press (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t boasts some of Mascis' biggest departures under the Dino name. 'Your Weather' is a surprising interpretation of vintage Britpop..."Q (Magazine) (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Naturally J Mascis's guitar playing remains as distorted -- and dextrous -- as ever, but here his songcraft burns as brightly as his fretwork..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[W]ith riff-heavy slacker classics that rival past gems like 'Little Fury Things' and 'Freak Scene'. Opener 'Pieces' is a vintage display of Dinosaur Jr.'s knack for grafting unruly riffage to unabashedly bittersweet choruses."Record Collector (magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It begins with 'Pieces,' its catchy, upbeat melody underpinned by Mascis' trademark noodling, feedback-drenched guitar."Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "FARM veers more towards powerpop than sludge. 'Friends' is a hunk of early Replacements roughage while 'Over It' is The Knack tackling 'Freak Scene'."16.15201

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - "[T]here's a lack of pretentiousness and egotism here that makes the music great....An inspiring, triumphant album."Paste (magazine) - "['Radiant Hearts'] invokes the end-times folk of Jethro Tull, while 'Rollercoaster' -- all psychedelic sludge and cymbal crashes -- is pure Led Zeppelin."Uncut (magazine) (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Let Spirits Ride' -- 3 Inches Of Blood spiked with '70s synth flourishes -- suggests theirs is a plucky attempt to take on hard rock, and win."16.15129

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Magnet (p.60) - "The band could get noisy like Dinosaur Jr, obscure and cryptic like Jandek and playful like Daniel Johnston....They were often excellent..."16.15071

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Clash (magazine) - "Opener 'Johnny's Theme' is the obvious album highlight, a euphoric instrumental jaunt, while the jangly folk-pop of 'Margery' quivers with the perfect balance of bitter and sweet."16.15019

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Spin (p.136) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Sheff's restless longing sends him careening from orchestral textures on 'Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe' to the pumping Motown beat of 'A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene'..."Entertainment Weekly (p.133) - "[T]he verses burst with writerly details. Yet thanks to the fuzzy folk-rock vibe, NAMES never feels like an undergrad lit class."Uncut (p.121) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] guitar-driven noise cutting loose at weird tangents like Spoon or, at its inspired best, Bright Eyes."Alternative Press (p.162) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "THE STAGE NAMES encompasses a wide range of moods and styles -- from alt-country-tinged boot-tappers to jangly indie-pop -- but nothing seems out of place or misdirected."Alternative Press (p.128) - Included in Alternative Press's '10 Essential Albums Of 2007' -- "THE STAGE NAMES proves Sheff & Co. are poised to break out big time..."Magnet (p.109) - "[T]he Okkervil River frontman has quietly carved out a musical legacy marked by a craft and complexity that's increasingly Wilson-esque."No Depression (p.102) - "Okkervil River goes the orchestral route here, loading its organic-sounding songs with stardusted pedal steel, springtime-in-Paris horn flourishes, and warm washes of country-gold organ."Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stirring, soaring, big-screen affair....There's a lot of Ray Davies -- his pessimism, poignancy and depth -- in Will Sheff's urban story-songs."11.58311

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CMJ - "The emotion from each song is easily translated to the listener as soul and R&B-inspired vocals and smooth jazz sax weave in and out of the delicate melodies."Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] record that combines languorous beats with narcotic pop and rich seams of soul."Pitchfork (Website) - "Gayngs take this stuff seriously....Pretty much everybody involved in the band has bona fides, whether in Minneapolis' electro-pop scene or North Carolina folk-rock..."Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "RELAYTED manages to be both comfortingly familiar and devastatingly futuristic....It could be the best debut album of 2010."Uncut (magazine) (p.35) - Ranked #25 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums of 2010" -- "[A]erated, boudoir-friendly indie-funk..."11.54049

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Rolling Stone (p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "I AM VERY FAR is dense and hallucinatory roots music: 'We Need a Myth' is lavished in baroque strings..."Spin (p.75) - "[S]imultaneously raw and symphonic....Sheff trades in his usual character studies for elusive images of regret, tinged with dark wit."Alternative Press (p.109) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The album opens with 'The Valley,' a bold, hand-clap driven march showcasing both electric guitar and strings."CMJ - "[The band] picks up some instrumental polish and scales back the dramatics with tamer vocals....This new-found cool emerges early on 'Piratess'..."Record Collector (magazine) (pp.92-93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey've developed into a rabble-rousing, fiercely literate alternative rock band....I AM VERY FAR sees the band expanding their perimeters considerably."11.53931

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Pitchfork (Website) - "[A]s much as TIDINGS rides high on it's own brand of sweaty juke-joint appeal, its finest moments are a grab bag of genre detours."11.53893

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Magnet (p.102) - "[T]he squealing guitars and rewired electronics combine with Christopher Weingarten's exceptional drumming to make a record that's heavy, noisy and artful in a delightfully unpretentious way."The Wire (p.49) - "By embedding the full throttle melodies of Husker Du and Minutemen within Wolf Eyes-style noise and fractured electronic shards, they have created something unique."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.58) - "Tracks like 'The Gold We're Still Digging' and 'Vision Of Repair' display a commendable quest to search out new sounds, unpredictable structures and grooves."11.53821

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Magnet (p.102) - "Minus Story, by deftly balancing the grandiloquent with the grounded, makes everything add up.CMJ (p.46) - "Their asymmetrical approach to dream pop is evident as breezy pianos run alongside squeamish guitar distortion..."11.53821

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The Wire (p.62) - "'Reaction In G' starts out on a plodding beat familiar from mid-period Pink Floyd, though with looser guitars, and soon builds to an almost epic scale. 'Kumao' blossoms into a canon of pretty, interlocking voices..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]osmically inclined music that combines homespun innocence with prog-rock experience..."11.53821

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese Women still manage to keep things accessible throughout, showing themselves to be as happy in honeyed hooks as they are in off-road fantasia."Clash (magazine) (p.96) - "[G]reat indie pop music made with a DIY attitude. The rough recording quality adds a new dimension to the songs, which switch between the relatively light-hearted and the downright threatening."11.53821

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Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "DRAGONSLAYER is a feast of Seventies-style prog....'Idiot Heart' opens with psychedelic guitar, then adds xylophone and organ until it all explodes into an anthem..."Spin (p.93) - "Video game rhythms power the incredible 'You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II),' while 'Nightingale/December Song' gets future-folky..."CMJ - "[A]n enviably honest and revealing collection that takes as many emotional risks as it does technical ones."Paste (magazine) (p.59) - "'Silver Moons' climbs from a 'Let It Be' - style piano vamp toward lofty, distorted plateaus, while 'Idiot Heart' eventually warms up to a series of foot-stomping refrains..."11.53821

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Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he shadowy and skeletal, slightly foreboding beauty of their songs...[recalls] a doomier Mazzy Star."CMJ (p.39) - "Reverb and echoes swaddle nearly every note....The most affecting moments are when the two share vocals..."11.53821

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Spin (p.88) - "Strummed guitars flip between audio channels, metronomic synths ping low in the mix, workshop rhythms build and disintegrate."Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The spectral blues of 'Youlogy' and 'Still,' which reworks Bon Iver track 'Woods,' are particular highlights."Clash (magazine) - "[I]t's Vernon who stamps his authority on the album sound-wise....[With] subtle haunting strings and spacious melodies..."11.53821

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Never willfully ramshackle or unfocused, Women tread the line between discord and delight with deceptive style."Pitchfork (Website) - "PUBLIC STRAIN is an improvement -- a bleak but beautiful record, full of subtly skewed melodies."11.53821

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Pitchfork (Website) - "NEW CHAIN marks the unveiling of a cleaner, more direct sound, thanks to the now-cemented four-piece lineup and improved production."Uncut (magazine) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]n Small Black's defense, it's not easy to make music this gloriously supine."11.53821

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Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he shadowy and skeletal, slightly foreboding beauty of their songs...[recalls] a doomier Mazzy Star."CMJ (p.39) - "Reverb and echoes swaddle nearly every note....The most affecting moments are when the two share vocals..."11.53821

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Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Compact, passionate indie rock with shades of country and psychedelia -- wringing maximal yearning out of minimal arrangements in three minutes or less, like some no-budget Roy Orbison."Paste (magazine) - "Angel Olsen's beautiful, sad and, ultimately, useful sophomore album, BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS is not something to be objective about. It's an experience obsessed with heartbreak..."Pitchfork (Website) - "Olsen's voice is enchanting....Her songs are powered by a strange, anarchic electricity, always flickering on the edge of blowing out."11.53821

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Rolling Stone (p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "I AM VERY FAR is dense and hallucinatory roots music: 'We Need a Myth' is lavished in baroque strings..."Spin (p.75) - "[S]imultaneously raw and symphonic....Sheff trades in his usual character studies for elusive images of regret, tinged with dark wit."Alternative Press (p.109) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The album opens with 'The Valley,' a bold, hand-clap driven march showcasing both electric guitar and strings."CMJ - "[The band] picks up some instrumental polish and scales back the dramatics with tamer vocals....This new-found cool emerges early on 'Piratess'..."Record Collector (magazine) (pp.92-93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey've developed into a rabble-rousing, fiercely literate alternative rock band....I AM VERY FAR sees the band expanding their perimeters considerably."11.53815

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Rolling Stone (p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Lost Coastlines trips along on a sprightly Motown groove. 'Starry Stairs' is a Smiths ringer punched up with Stax/Volt horn charts."Spin (p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE STAND INS is packed with sprawling narratives and precarious guitars....Sheff makes even the most complicated sentiments feel like an invitation to raise your fist."Spin (p.49) - Ranked #19 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "Will Sheff's alternately biting and weary stories of doubt and falsity resonate..."Entertainment Weekly (p.136) - "This Austin quintet follow 2007's THE STAGE NAMES with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame." -- Grade: AAlternative Press (p.152) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Paired with electric guitar and Sheff's rich, smooth-yet-almost-breaking vocal delivery, 'Names' is textured and engaging."Magnet (p.118) - "THE STAND INS leaves the door open to its roots, from now-former member Jonathan Meilburg's ringing banjo opening 'Lost Coastlines' to the appropriately HIGHWAY 61-leaning 'Singer Songwriter'..."CMJ - "STAND INS saunters ambitiously through the depths of the night amidst the clash of acoustic guitars and iconic cabaret Wurlitzer'sBlender (Magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Lyrically, Sheff straddles the line between precious and brilliant, warbling twisty, appostive-packed tales about life on the road and crumbled relationships over cranked-up, vaguely folkish rock riffs."11.53711

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Spin - "Oneida are into full-immersion music....[A] testament to their commitment to well-honed rock hypnosis..."Pitchfork (Website) - "RATED O is part and parcel of the band's long-standing and always-increasing ambition....Few band push themselves this far from their comfort zone...they've continued to innovate..."Clash (magazine) - "[T]he 'Story Of O' invites Hell-sent motorik bulldozers to scrape around the stereo for eight minutes....RATED O could well be considered the quintessential Oneida album."11.53711

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] magnificently oceanic meld of Beach Boys harmonies, My Bloody Valentine tidal waves and Phil Spector girl-group siren songs shot through with soaring guitar."Spin (p.85) - "[T]he highlight is 'Chicago Train,' a demented lullaby that culminates in a wave of fuzzed-out riffs..."Billboard - "The shoegaze-sounding guitars that make up the foundation of 'Glass Printer' build around a powerful walking bassline..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.51) - Ranked #43 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[G]randiloquent, brooding post-prog iced by Jace Lasek's ecstatic falsetto."Pitchfork (Website) - "An impressive array of crunchy guitar tones courses throughout the album, pushing forward two-part epics....It contains many small refinements to the band's songwriting and production skills."11.53711

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Spin (p.125) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] creepy, absorbing third album...piling on layers of tinkly sounds to create a carnivalesque aura."11.53711

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