Okkervil River 

Black Sheep Boy Appendix

Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy was released in April of this year to much critical acclaim and several thousand overeager blog posts. Still probably one of the year’s best, the album is a fine piece of folk-rock with appropriately gruff vocals, though it doesn’t quite scream, “add seven more songs to me!”

Well, Black Sheep Boy obviously doesn’t care what I think, so this new EP collects a few of its outtakes and rounds them out with some pretty interludes. ‘No Key, No Plan’ and ‘Last Love Song For Now’ almost match the upbeat punch of the former album’s ‘Black,’ but the rest of the songs are about as bland as the full-length’s weakest cuts.

The EP certainly makes for a nice coffee break from listening to that new My Morning Jacket album over and over again (if you’re into that), but Black Sheep Boy Appendix fails to really expand upon the material that spawned it.


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