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  • Summary: The latest release for the rock band led by Will Sheff, who produced the album with Shawn Everett, was recorded with Benjamin Lazar Davis, Will Graefe, Sarah Pedinotti, and Cully Symington.
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  1. 80
    He sounds cleansed of old complications.
  2. Apr 27, 2018
    An album that echoes the pull of modern pop, it’s rousing, revelatory, dynamic and demonstrative without negating any sort of bigger theme.
  3. Apr 26, 2018
    The result is an album that's deeply affecting, but which—even if it is—doesn't feel quite as personal or authentic as much of the band's previous output. It's also their most anachronistic record to date.
  4. May 16, 2018
    In the Rainbow Rain isn’t always this thematically dense, though, and its more laid-back songs help loosen the philosophical knots that tracks like “Human Being Song” tie.
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    The songs here are among Okkervil’s lushest productions, adorned with choruses and horns and washes of sunny guitar, paired well with whatever subject Sheff happens to be tackling. Even when he gets too sappy, there’s always those stellar arrangements to serve as a saving grace.
  6. 65
    It’s a soft reboot. It’s a new path to take. There’s the widest palette of any Okkervil River album, but it’s steady and doesn’t throw any needless curveballs.
  7. Apr 24, 2018
    With the exception of “Famous Tracheotomies,” Sheff often struggles to find compelling metaphors on this album.

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  1. May 10, 2018
    This album is Okkervil River doing what they do best, changing lanes and setting a new course. Lyrically it's far more joyful than theirThis album is Okkervil River doing what they do best, changing lanes and setting a new course. Lyrically it's far more joyful than their previous couple of albums. The production and arrangements are immediately appealing, even if some of the songs lack the allegorical kick in the marbles that old Okkervil River songs deliver. I have a feeling this album may feel unapproachable for new listeners to the band (which might explain some of the low reviews), but for long-time fans, especially those who liked "Away" as much as I did, there is more than enough to savor here. In many ways it feels like a sequel to that album, or like an upbeat counterpoint.

    Frankly, this band is simply not recognized enough for their place on the fringes of pop rock, indie, and folk; they constantly borrow formulas from the best of the best but never in a way that sounds trite, and always combining them in dramatic and creative ways. There isn't a single album in their catalogue that doesn't stand out from the others in some way--and if that's not the work of a genius at work, I don't know what is. I imagine history will remember them more fondly than the present. Rock on Will, thanks for all the great tunes.
  2. Apr 30, 2018
    Basically Okkervil River+Saxophone and psychodelic touches. Lyrics might be more simple, but not in a bad way. Love the band.