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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy LP

What is it?
Okkervil River's critically acclaimed 'Black Sheep Boy' combines elements of Lo-fi, folk and indie to deliver an intense and emotion-packed lyrical experience.

Why should you listen?
You've got to work at this one and give it a fair few listens before you make any judgements. Get used to the forceful vocal delivery and the complexity of the songwriting and the next thing you know it's in your head and you can't get rid of it. The album is distinct for it's heartfelt passion and the quality of the lyrics which evoke a strange sense of melancholy, but never stray into depressing territory. There's a whole range of instruments on offer with production that is seriously lo-fi with similarities to a beefed up version of Bright Eyes with a side order of slide guitar. Ultimately, it's quality collection of dark, folky little gems!  

What's it like?
It's like Morrissey's folky, alt-country cousin has come to visit from Austin, Texas.

What's the best song?
'Black' is a lyrical onslaught, but with a catchy sing-a-long chorus, well as near as you'll get anyway.

Who does it sound like?
Bright Eyes, Tindersticks, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sufjan Stevens.

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