I love this album so so much. The lyrics are astounding, the songs are so catchy, the artwork is beautiful, I can't stop listening to this CD. Will Sheff's storytelling abilities fill the songs with rich imagery and tongue-twisting lyrics.Their songs are full of modern-day disillusionment, rock stars passing their prime, groupies getting tired, and relationships gone sour.
Whereas The Stage Names kind've dragged on towards the end, I feel The Stand Ins gets even stronger towards the end. The last three full songs "On Tour with Zykos," "Calling and Not Calling My Ex" and "Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed On The Roof Of The Chelsea Hotel, 1979" are some of my all-time favorites by Okkervil. They mature more and more each album, it's so incredible. So that's why The Stand Ins is my album of the year for 2008!