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Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy album

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy album
  • Performer Okkervil River
  • Title Black Sheep Boy
  • Date of release 2005
  • Country US
  • Style Indie Rock
  • Other formats MP4 RA AA DTS APE MIDI MPC
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1704 mb
  • Size FLAC 1187 mb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 599

Black Sheep Boy is the third studio album by American indie rock band Okkervil River, released on April 5, 2005. The title is inspired by the song "Black Sheep Boy" by 1960s folk singer Tim Hardin. The album deals with Hardin's struggle with heroin addiction and Okkervil River lead singer Will Sheff's failed relationships and heartbreaks. The album cover features the work of Providence artist William Schaff.

Okkervil River continue to break the glass between messy nerves and orchestrated elegance on their fourth full-length, Black Sheep Boy, titled after the lovely song penned by Tim Hardin with which the band opens the record. However, their take on the song feels a bit rushed and uneventful, which knocks the tender breath from the lyrics and presents a clumsy start. Opening the record this way is the singular yet major complaint of the album, ironically pushing "Black Sheep Boy," the intended centerpiece, to the outskirts of the album's overall feel

Black Sheep Boy ‎(LP, Album). Black Sheep Boy ‎(CD, Album).

Black Sheep Boy 16. The Next Four Months 17. Another Radio Song 18. A Forest 19. Last Love Song For Now 20. Goodnight, Irene 21. I'm in Love With Susan Smith 22. See See Rider 23. Knoxville Girl 24. Satan Is Real 25. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down 26. Willow Tree 27. Moonshiner 28. Oh, the Wind and Rain 29. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? 30. Trouble In Mind.

Perhaps Okkervil River’s most iconic album, and certainly their most cohesive, Black Sheep Boy more than earns its status as a mid-2000s indie folk-rock classic. Will Sheff conducts a dark, depressed, almost depraved concept album that makes room for everything from all-time-great indie bangers ( Black ) to tender slow-dances ( A King and a Queen ), while still adhering closely to its story arc. The drama is set to gorgeously sprawling, baroque. Ever since their introduction to my life with their song "For Real"'s appearance in Saints Row 2, Okkervil River has been one of the best influences on my life as far as music goes. Black Sheep Boy is a loosely put together collection of desperately made pieces that reek of sheer depression and melancholy of the most genuine and honest variety I have ever seen in music.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Black Sheep Boy
Organ [Pump] – Howard DraperWritten By – Tim Hardin
A2 For Real
Bass – Howard Draper
A3 In A Radio Song
Mandolin – Howard Draper
A4 Black
Bass – Howard Draper
A5 Get Big
A6 A King And A Queen
Drums – Seth Warren
B1 A Stone
B2 The Latest Toughs
B3 Song Of Our So-Called Friend
Drums – Seth Warren
B4 So Come Back, I'm Am Waiting
B5 A Glow
Guitar – Jonathan MeiburgPiano [Wurlitzer] – Will Sheff


  • Artwork By – William Schaff
  • Artwork By [Type], Artwork By [Layout] – Darius van Arman
  • Cello – Ben Westney, Victoria Wolff
  • Electronics, Vibraphone, Other [Whirlies], Other [Shaker] – Seth Warren
  • Guitar [Lap Steel], Synthesizer – Howard Draper
  • Mastered By – Billy Stull
  • Producer – Brian Beattie, Okkervil River
  • Recorded By, Mixed By, Bass [Bowed], Sampler, Noises [Field Recordings] – Brian Beattie
  • Trumpet – Michael Kapinus
  • Viola – Alison Derrick
  • Violin – Caroline Slack, Rebecca Browne
  • Vocals [Harmony] – Amy Annelle
  • Vocals, Bass, Mandolin – Zachary Thomas
  • Vocals, Drums, Tambourine – Travis Nelsen
  • Vocals, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Will Sheff
  • Vocals, Piano, Piano [Wurlitzer], Organ [Pump], Keyboards [Casio Sk-1] – Jonathan Meiburg
  • Written By – Will Sheff (tracks: A2 to B5)


Comes with a cd-sized booklet.

Recorded and mixed at Brian Beattie's Wonder Chamber, Austin, TX, US. Mastered at Masterpiece, Wimberley, TX, US.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
JAG 80 Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy ‎(CD, Album) Jagjaguwar JAG 80 US 2005
JAG 280 Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy: Anniversary Edition ‎(3xCD, Album, RE) Jagjaguwar JAG 280 US 2015
LTID027 Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy ‎(CD, Album) Inertia LTID027 Australia 2005
PCD-23610 Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy ‎(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-23610 Japan 2005
none Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy ‎(CD, Album) Jagjaguwar none US 2005