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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

Roky Erickson is the comeback king; the ravages of drug abuse or mental illness can’t hold him back. After The 13th Floor Elevators and The Aliens, he’s back with his trademark scream (now a cracked croon) with fellow Austinites Okkervil River 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 ‘American Recordings’ series did for Johnny Cash.

Nathaniel Cramp

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9 / 10

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