Album Review: Roky Erickson & Okkervil River - 'True Love Cast Out All Evil' (Chemikal Underground)

A tumultuous history hasn't stopped the former 13th Floor Elevator from achieving greatness

Album Review: Roky Erickson & Okkervil River - 'True Love Cast Out All Evil' (Chemikal Underground)

9 / 10 [b]Roky Erickson[/b] is the comeback king; the ravages of drug abuse or mental illness can’t hold him back. After [b]The 13th Floor Elevators[/b] and [b]The Aliens[/b], he’s back with his trademark scream (now a cracked croon) with fellow Austinites [b]Okkervil River[/b] for some stately country rock. Interspersed with the new songs are field recordings from his spell in the Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane. A stunning LP that, in a just world, would do for Roky what the [b]‘American Recordings’[/b] series did for Johnny Cash.

[b]Nathaniel Cramp[/b]

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