AOTY 2019

The Stage Names

Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2007 Ratings: #30 / 652
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2007 Ratings: #38
August 7, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Warm take: “The Stage Names” is the best Okkervil River album. That’s not meant as any shade on “Black Sheep Boy,” which is stellar in its own right. But though “The Stage Names” may lack a defining standout moment à la “Black,” each and every song is excellent, individually and in the album context. The movie-sequence structure of “The Stage Names” sets the album apart from like-minded 2000s indie folk bands, as do Will ... read more
Just the cult indie hipster movie-junkie vibe this album gives off is enough to make me love it out of sheer charm. Will Sheff's vocals absolutely unrestrained and totally fucking wild all across the board. This album oozes charm out of every god damn orifice and if you hate this album you have to be some kind of monster.
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Track List

  1. Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
  2. Unless It's Kicks
  3. A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene
  4. Savannah Smiles
  5. Plus Ones
  6. A Girl In Port
  7. You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man
  8. Title Track
  9. John Allyn Smith Sails
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