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CD Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See
Mojo (Publisher) (2/02, p.97) - "...Will Robinson Sheff's first-person narratives create a world full of loves and broken hearts...quality song-writing and storytelling..."
CD The Stage Names
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."
CD Black Sheep Boy [Slipcase]
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."
CD Reason to Believe: The Songs of Tim Hardin
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mark Lanegan's presence is mandatory here...his light reading of 'Red Balloon' is as unexpected as it is enthralling."
CD Another Country, Vol. 2
Q (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Yet another rewarding stroll across alt-country's rich and varied terrain..."Uncut (5/04, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[S]tuffed with the familiar and the not-so-familiar..."
CD The Midnight Organ Fight
Uncut (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The world view is challenging and heart-felt, the playing deft, the conviction clear."Magnet (p.106) - "The album's mid-tempo songs display Hutchinson's vocals to the fullest emotive effect....THE MIDNIGHT ORGAN FIGHT's bloodied-but-unbowed lyrics stand up to repeated listening even on the fastest cuts."CMJ - "[T]he record reaches an uplifting emotional crescendo that nearly makes every emotional somersault worth enduring."Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.45) - "With an urgency that recalls the best of Okkervil River or The Frames, Frightened RAbbit step into the cynic's ring with gloves on, hell-bent on delivering euphoric pop upper cuts and brilliant songwriting jabs."Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n uplifting record of angular alt-folk....It gets right under the skin, Hutchison's songs performed with utter conviction."Paste (magazine) (p.78) - "[T]his time, FRIGHTENED RABBIT favors major-key immediacy over melancholy inhibition....Few bands do so well making songs built for arenas sound like they also belong in bedrooms."Clash (magazine) (p.108) - "Scott Hutchinson's affirming lyrics and plaintive voice manage to translate a wealth of emotion....It really gets under your skin."
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