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Okkervil River

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On Okkervil River’s first Jagjaguwar release, Don’t Fall in Love with Everyone You See, the band included a song entitled "Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas," a kind of re-imagining of Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember" slyly configured around the character’s personal experience of the song and exploding, in the final chorus, into an unabashed, exuberant cover. On the band's newest release, they perform a trickier feat, as songwriter Will Sheff takes a lesser-known text—"Black Sheep Boy," written by 60’s folk-pop master Tim Hardin—and spins that short song's imagery into a phantasmagorical evocation of the title character, including a brief cover and a couple of sprawling, surreal sequels.

Okkervil River's 2003 album Down the River of Golden Dreams earned wide critical praise; Magnet called it the 8th best album of the year, comparing it to Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and adding that "Okkervil River has that sort of mythical genius. Down the River…is a story of epic proportions—a battle with the enemies at hand that spirals into a confrontation of the demons within."


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Okkervil River
song:Your Past Life As A Blast
album:I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar Reco…
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song:Wake and Be Fine
album:I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar Reco…
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song:Pop Lie
album:Pop Lie (Jagjaguwar Records)
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song:Lost Coastlines
album:The Stand Ins (Jagjaguwar Reco…
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song:Our Life is Not a Movie or May…
album:The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar Re…
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song:The President's Dead
album:The President's Dead (Jagjaguw…
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song:No Key, No Plan
album:Black Sheep Boy Appendix (Jagj…
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song:Black
album:Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar Re…
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