Folk Pop (Austin, Texas)
Frontdude Will Sheff’s evocative, literate lyrics and I-mean-it vocals hover over a bed of dynamic music that moves from plaintive piano and spare acoustic plucking one minute to booming drums and righteous riffing the next. The band’s latest full-length, I Am Very Far, is yet another stellar collection of jagged, richly textured Folk Pop. Better yet, Sheff and crew add a new, heightened dimension to Okkervil’s songs in a live setting. Prepare to be converted.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: A less self-indulgent Bright Eyes; a secular version of The Mountain Goats (Jason Gargano, CityBeat)
~ "I Am Very Far continues Will Sheff and co.'s remarkable run of albums, one that finds them at peak form and threatens to put them in a class all their own. Over their last few records, Okkervil River have become tighter and tighter, their pop gems polished to a diamond sheen. I Am Very Far, however, returns to the shaggier freedom of 2005's Black Sheep Boy and then takes it even further. ... This is music to cherish forever." (Under the Radar)