I know I’ve written a lot about Okkervil River lately, but I think their are highly deserving of the honor because The Stage Names is one of the best albums of the year and like any good album, it’s presenting more and more to me upon repeated listens.
The sharpest lyrical turn of the album is “The Plus Ones” where lyricist Will Sheff creates a tale that packs in references to famous numerical pop songs. For instance, Sheff references “99 Luftbaloons” in the line “And no one wants a tune about the 100th luftballoon.” The whole song is wickely clever and deft and after hearing it, I really wanted to through the song’s lyrics and create an annotated version, complete with mp3s for all the tracks referenced. However, Blogs Are For Dogs beat me to the punch. Go there and check out the goodness and then come back here for the solo demo of “The Plus Ones.”
Photo Credit – Mary Sledd www.sleddphoto.com