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Format: CD
Sku: 252722674
UPC: 880882188122
UPC 14: 00880882188122
Release Date: 9/3/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. It Was My Season
2. On a Balcony
3. Down Down the Deep River
4. Pink ~ Slips
5. Lido Pier Suicide Car
6. Where the Spirit Left Us
7. White
8. Stay Young
9. Walking Without Frankie
10. All the Time Every Day
11. Black Nemo

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Will Sheff (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, ARP synthesizer); Lauren Gurgiolo (electric guitar, lap steel guitar); Justin Sherburn (electric guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, harmonium, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ, Moog synthesizer); Jonathan Meiburg (banjo); Zachary Thomas (mandolin); Ben Kalb (cello); Brian Donohoe (saxophone); Michael St. Clair (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, synthesizer, percussion); Cully Symington (drums, percussion); David Boyle (hand claps).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: John Agnello.
Muze PNote Recording information: Cacophony Recorders, Austin, TX; Church House Studios, Austin, TX; Crystal Sniffer, Brooklyn, NY; Matt Hubbard Production, Austin, TX; Russell Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY; The Honeyjar, Brooklyn, NY.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Marion V. Cuthbert; Hillary Sundell.
Muze PNote Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff has never shied away from dipping his pen into the seemingly bottomless inkwell of nostalgia that seems to permeate much of 21st century indie pop and rock, but on The Silver Gymnasium, the Lone Star State band's seventh long-player, Sheff goes all in with a celebration/exorcism of his hometown of Meridian, New Hampshire, crafting an 11- track, exhaustively detailed audio-biography that comes off like a more idiosyncratic, less overbearing version of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Sheff, born in 1976, imbues much of the record with a patina of (tasteful ) '80s AOR excess (listeners have the option to go online and explore the town using an 8-bit point and click adventure game), especially on album highlights like the expansive and disarmingly tragic "Down Down the Deep River," the bubbly ska and new wave-infused "Stay Young," and the hypnotic "Walking Without Frankie," the latter of which sounds like a dark, alternate universe rendering of J. Geils Band's "Freeze Frame." It's not all Trans-Am's and Pac Man though, as evidenced by the whimsical, Hunky Dory-era Bowie-colored opener "It Was My Season" and the twang-kissed, fist-pumping "White." That the band uses these time-worn textures without irony suggests a real reverence and understanding of the time period, which helps the material feel more like an emotionally charged high five than just a highly impressionistic show and tell, and Sheff's willingness to strike a balance between his roots rock past and his personal past should please longtime fans and newbies alike, even if they spend the majority of the ride wondering why the tour bus never actually stops at the Silver Gymnasium. ~ James Christopher Monger

Producer: John Agnello

Engineer: Matt Hubbard; David Boyle; John Agnello; John Congleton; Phil Palazzolo; Will Sheff

Associated Artists and Works

Doiron, Julie

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/03/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 218812
Music Label Name Label : ATO (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00880882188122

Professional Reviews

CMJ - "It's captivating and enjoyable....THE SILVER GYMNASIUM was recorded in Will Sheff's hometown of Meriden, New Hampshire, so it's understandably nostalgic."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "'It Was Something' could be Elliott Smith filtered through Elvis Costello's BLOOD & CHOCOLATE..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Okkervil River
Product attributeLabel:   Mca/mca Nashville/mercury Nash
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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