Will Hermes
September 05, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Down the River of Golden Dreams

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Jagjaguwar

We gave it an A-

Where last year’s ”Don’t Fall in Love With Everyone You See” was a masterpiece of twangy, loping melancholia, the latest by Austin’s Okkervil River is buoyed precariously on a cloud of hope. A great storyteller with rhyme schemes that would impress Eminem, frontman Will Sheff comes on like Conor Oberst with a tighter grip on the reins. FOR RAYMOND CARVER FANS On ”Yellow” (not a Coldplay cover), a narrator pulls his brother from the wreckage of marriage and tries to convince him life doesn’t suck. It’s a scalpel worked deftly into the heart of a heart.

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