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Okkervil River, ‘The Stage Names’ (Jagjaguwar)

Singer/songwriter Will Sheff gives overkill a good name on Okkervil River’s fourth album. Unleashing a torrent of words to describe the endless search for anything that matters, he wails like the high-strung little brother of Old 97’s Rhett Miller. Sheff’s restless longing sends him careening from orchestral textures on “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe” to the pumping Motown beat of “A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene” and into a country haze on the sultry “A Girl in Port,” one of the sexiest indie-rock come-ons ever.