Saturday, August 12, 2006

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy Appendix: MAGNET Jan/Feb 2006

The cover art of Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy depicts mythical creatures surrounding the dinner table. Black Sheep Boy Appendix, comprising reworked, unreleased material from the same sessions, displays one of those creatures plunging a sword into the flame-shooting eyes of its victim. Despite the ominous imagery, not every feast ends in heartburn. The lurching strings and last-gasp vocals of opener “Missing Children” are typical of Okkervil’s eerie, desperate tone, but unlike the tryptophan-filled longplayer, Appendix accommodates its dinner guests’ requests by trimming the fat from songwriter Will Sheff’s complex recipes. If this is the sound of cutting away, kindly pass the knife.
Okkervil River - No Key, No Plan.mp3

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