I Am Very Far

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Fresh from backing the legendary Roky Erickson on 2010's triumphant True Love Cast Out All Evil, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff decided to head home to his native New Hampshire to carve out the meat of the group's sixth long-player. The resulting I Am Very Far, which was produced by Sheff, feels both transitory and triumphant, successfully integrating the Austin, Texas-based collective's penchant for lovelorn, indie Americana with the wild abandon of 21st century pop music's increasingly blurry genre borders. Elements of Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Springsteen, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and even the Fixx burn through I Am Very Far, down lightning rods ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Fresh from backing the legendary Roky Erickson on 2010's triumphant True Love Cast Out All Evil, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff decided to head home to his native New Hampshire to carve out the meat of the group's sixth long-player. The resulting I Am Very Far, which was produced by Sheff, feels both transitory and triumphant, successfully integrating the Austin, Texas-based collective's penchant for lovelorn, indie Americana with the wild abandon of 21st century pop music's increasingly blurry genre borders. Elements of Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Springsteen, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and even the Fixx burn through I Am Very Far, down lightning rods affixed to the myriad studios procured by Sheff and crew throughout the record's intentionally sporadic recording schedule. Production styles vary from track to track, which in lesser songwriting hands, could spell disaster, but Sheff's a gifted lyricist and his melodies have always been sneakier than they appear upon first listen, which makes the transition from a cut like "The Valley," with its motor-mouthed, electro-apocalyptic pulse, into the late-night, Bowie-esque soul jam "Piratess" feel surprisingly natural. Elsewhere, stand-out cuts, such as the soaring "Rider," the lovely and languid "Hanging from a Hit," the ramshackle "Your Life as a Blast," and the rousing first single "Wake and Be Fine" stand up to anything on 2007's near-classic Stage Names, and while they may not share that record's remarkable sense of place, they each confidently occupy a space of their own making.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • UPC: 656605218526
  • Catalog Number: 52185
  • Sales rank: 132,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Valley (3:50)
  2. 2 Piratess (4:00)
  3. 3 Rider (4:25)
  4. 4 Lay of the Last Survivor (3:50)
  5. 5 White Shadow Waltz (4:26)
  6. 6 We Need a Myth (4:38)
  7. 7 Hanging From a Hit (5:15)
  8. 8 Show Yourself (5:20)
  9. 9 Your Past Life Is a Blast (5:32)
  10. 10 Wake and Be Fine (3:25)
  11. 11 The Rise (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Okkervil River Primary Artist
Joy Askew Vocals
Brian Cassidy Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Paul Klemperer Clarinet, Saxophone
Phil Palazzolo Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar
Jeff Johnston Acoustic Guitar
Stephen Belans Drums
Will Sheff Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Sampling, Wurlitzer
Jonathan Meiburg Vocals, Angklung
Willy Braun Cello
Audrey Easley Flute
Zachary Thomas Bass
Raúl Vallejo Trombone
Will Landin Tuba
Sharon Lacey Oboe
Mike Booher Vocals
Beth Wawerna Vocals
Nicole Atkins Vocals
Scott Brackett Piano, Cornet, Vibes, Sounds
Patrick Pestorius Bass, Vocals
Cully Symington Percussion, Drums
Ben Kalb Cello
Justin Sherburn Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, ARP, farfisa organ, Pump Organ, fender rhodes
Ben Lance Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ephraim Owens Trumpet
Lauren Gurgiolo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alexis Buffum Violin
Sara Scurry Bassoon
Justin Kurys Viola
Jeanene Ioppolo Johnson Clarinet
Technical Credits
Brian Beattie Producer, Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Brian Cassidy String Arrangements
Ray Ketchem Engineer
Sean Lennon Engineer
Phil Palazzolo Producer, Engineer, Whistle
John Congleton Producer, Engineer
Will Sheff Composer, Producer, Layout
William Schaff Paper Cut Design
Daniel Murphy Layout
Joey Benjamin Engineer
Justin Sherburn Horn Arrangements
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