Saturday, July 07, 2007

i wanted to smile like a glistening shot of a kiss that's as sharp as a knife

Jonathan Meiburg is a natural lyricist. Okkervil River’s new record, The Stage Names is an excellent example of Meiburg’s talented song-writing abilities. From start to finish, The Stage Names is packed with engaging narratives. In the second verse of the first track, "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe", Meiburg brilliantly utilizes film techniques to help assemble his lyrics. Meiburg ends the album with one of the saddest songs of the year. In my opinion, "John Allyn Smith Sails" is a song about a man who committed suicide, but after he died, he realized that he might have made a mistake and thus, desperately trying to "go back home". It is so fascinating how Meiburg uses plain simple ideas to build some brilliant and unique metaphors. All the songs are carefully thought-out as every track on The Stage Names sounds wonderfully passionate and full of genuine emotions.

Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe [wicked-cool song]
Savannah Smiles [wicked-cool song]
John Allyn Smith Sails [wicked-cool song]
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The Stage Names comes out on August 7, you can pre-order it here


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Anonymous said...

"The Stage Names" is Okkervil River's best album!

Anonymous said...

Nice review!