The current iteration of Okkervil River, composed of Sheff’s touring band for 2016’s Away, casts the songs in warm, dusky light. The album’s sound is confident yet gentle, like the War on Drugs ’ tricked-out AOR engine powering a languid Sunday drive. For his part, Sheff avoids the vocal exhibitionism that goosed previous albums. Sometimes you have to lean in to catch the takeaway-but that careful attention is too often rewarded with platitudes. In the Rainbow Rain isn’t always this thematically dense, though, and its more laid-back songs help loosen the philosophical knots that tracks like Human Being Song tie. The epic The Dream and the Light takes the E Street Band on a nighttime limo ride straight out of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. On Pulled Up the Ribbon, keyboardist Sarah Pedinotti suspends synth lines from a high ceiling and Davis’ basslines nail them to the earth.
In the Rainbow Rain, the latest album from Okkervil River, is as hopeful and punchy, but also as clunky as its title. There's never any doubt about Okkervil River's lyricism, but sometimes their songs can be a little bit forgettable in the way that they are delivered. A lot of the songs on 'In the Rainbow Rain' suffer from this, with only a select few possessing hooks and stylistic choices that stick with the listener. Otherwise, it is a painfully mediocre record that plods along. Favourite track: Pulled Up the Ribbon. Or consider a donation?
This album is Okkervil River doing what they do best, changing lanes and setting a new course. Lyrically it's far more joyful than theirThis album is Okkervil River doing what they do best, changing lanes and setting a new course. Lyrically it's far more joyful than their previous couple of albums. The production and arrangements are immediately appealing, even if some of the songs lack the allegorical kick in the marbles that old Okkervil River songs deliver. sadly 'Rainbow Rain' I find takes a step back into the more meandering and somewhat shapeless warbly fodder I can take or leave. A few above passable tracks is the limit to how highly I can recommend this on.
2016's Away saw Will Sheff parsing through the emotional debris left behind in the wake of a string of personal and professional hardships. In the Rainbow Rain, the band's ninth long-player, is a buoyant, stylistically diverse collection of songs that signal a tonal shift away from the bucolic folk and fervent indie.
Indeed, if Okkervil River had any prior thoughts about expounding upon populist precepts, In the Rainbow Rain finds them paying further heed to that notion throughout. An album that echoes the pull of modern pop, it’s rousing, revelatory, dynamic and demonstrative without negating any sort of bigger theme. If you gotta love somebody, you’ve got to lose some pride, Sheff emphatically declares on the aforementioned Love Somebody, one of several songs determined to leave a life lesson in their wake. Consider this effort an astute example of passion with purpose.
Okkervil River have announced a new album. On April 27, the band will release In the Rainbow Rain via ATO. The first single is titled Don’t Move Back to LA, which you can hear below, and singer/songwriter Will Sheff says is a reflection of his deep and long-held desire to get the hell out of New York City. Take a look at the album’s tracklist below along with the album’s artwork. Okkervil River In the Rainbow Rain tracklist: 1. Famous Tracheotomies 2. The Dream And The Light 3. Love Somebody 4. Family Song 5. Pulled Up The Ribbon 6. Don’t Move Back To LA 7. Shelter Song 8. How It Is 9. External Actor 10. Human Being Song. Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy is on our list of 10 Albums that Open With a Cover. Feb 13, 2018Jeff Terich.
Okkervil River Asks In Reinvigorated Record On his band's new album, Will Sheff views crises and crucibles as opportunities to appreciate life's gifts. Hear upcoming albums in their entirety. At least where In The Rainbow Rain is concerned, the answer lies in a mixture of musical reinvigoration - warm, bright, surprisingly playful arrangements that amble and soothe - and a return to vivid and specific storytelling. In "Famous Tracheotomies," for example, Sheff reflects on his own early-childhood surgery, then tells the story of a few famous people (Gary Coleman, Dylan Thomas, Mary Wells, The Kinks' Ray Davies) who'd had the procedure; he even closes with a callback to the tune of Davies' classic "Waterloo Sunset