Throughout much of In the Rainbow Rain, Will Sheff is content to lean on threadbare platitudes.
Away therefore stands as the dark flipside to the warm but complicated nostalgia of 2013’s The Silver Gymnasium.
The album is an autumnal tour of vanished youth that blends period touches and details with Okkervil River’s familiar musical tics.
Okkervil River’s sixth album is an excellent, reductionist work, the sound of a band attempting to locate the visceral core of their craft by submerging every other element in noise.
Altogether, the specifics amount to less than Will Sheff’s elusive descriptions of Marie, Cindy, and Holly in Stage Names.
While Stage Names’s songs and production should appeal to a far wider audience than the band’s previous efforts, Will Sheff’s voice is as grating as ever.
Black Sheep Boy is nearing classic status, at least as far as emo concept albums based on old folk songs are concerned.