I’m sure most of you spent today familiaizing yourself with Okkervil River’s latest album, Stage Names. I just finished my first listen, and the word ‘charming’ came to mind several times during the album. The standouts seemed to be Savannah Smiles, A Girl In Port, Title Track, and John Allyn Smith Sails. Savannah Smiles hit me particularly hard, though I can see it as a point of contention among fans. It’s sappy and sentimental, but for me, that’s working just fine. Still, it’s not as great as the albums finale.