Silver Gymnasium CD (2013)

Artist: Okkervil River

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Product Overview


Label Mca/mca Nashville/mercury Nash
SKU 252722674
UPC 880882188122
UPC 14 00880882188122
Format CD
Release Date 9/3/2013
Author Okkervil River
Associated Artist/Work Doiron, Julie
Technical Info
Engineer Matt Hubbard; David Boyle; John Agnello; John Congleton; Phil Palazzolo; Will Sheff
Producer John Agnello
CatalogID 218812
Lable Name ATO (USA)
Released 09/03/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00880882188122
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixer: John Agnello.
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.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Marion V. Cuthbert; Hillary Sundell.
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
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) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'It Was Something' could be Elliott Smith filtered through Elvis Costello's BLOOD & CHOCOLATE..."
Disc 1
1 It Was My Season
2 On a Balcony
3 Down Down the Deep River
4 Pink
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
Product Attributes
Artist Okkervil River
Label Mca/mca Nashville/mercury Nash
Music Format Compact Disc

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