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Okkervil River / Sleep and Wake-Up Songs
Album:Sleep and Wake-Up Songs Collection:General
Artist:Okkervil River Added:01/2005

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-03-06 Pull Date:2005-05-08 
Week Ending:8 May24 Apr10 Apr27 Mar20 Mar

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 05, 2010:Daydream Disaster
Just Give Me Time
4.Mar 03, 2009:At the Cafe Subhemian
Just Give Me Time
2.Jun 03, 2010:Friend of Mine
A Favor
5.Jan 14, 2009:public noize racket
Just Give Me Time, And I Have Seen the World of
3.Apr 27, 2009:In-Somnia
A Favor
6.Nov 07, 2006:What's in the Ice Box?
A Favor

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-02-23 
This EP (following 2003’s Down the River of Golden Dreams) finds the band back with yet another excellent batch of depressingly beautiful narrative songs, united by the theme of sleep/waking-up. It's indie pop with a tinge of country and folk. There's a surprising amount of elusiveness to these songs than I expected: from the lack of details about the characters involved to the ambiguity of themes. Actually the entire EP seems a little uncharacteristic of the band, or at least the band in Down the River. The instruments (acoustic and electric guitar, organ, piano) sound a little loose­--there's a very casual and free-wheeling feel. The singer conveys a melancholy with such sweet lethargy­, which is especially fitting. If you're not convinced at first listen, these songs will grow on you. FCC clean.

**1. Pretty monotone but breaks out into moments of climatic vocals and more instrumentation. Layered vocals. Seems to be about sexual confusion and abandonment. (5:59)
2. Sparse acoustic guitar rhythm over sort of detached delivery of a song about relationships and confinement. (3:05)
3. Chock full of imagery contrasting a dream world and the real world. Very slow and subdued. (4:20)
**4. Tingling acoustic guitar melody. The desperate pleas for "more time" are so sincere, how could anyone refuse? (4:08)
5. Clever title for a song that seems to be about uncertainty. Lots of little crescendos. (4:26)

Track Listing
1.A Favor 3.And I Have Seen the World of
2.You're United Again 4.Just Give Me Time
 5.No Hidden Track