By Sean Howe
September 16, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Stand Ins

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This Austin quintet follows 2007’s The Stage Names with a second tour de force about the collateral damage of fame. Under the surface of The Stand Ins’ lavish arrangements lurk harrowing portraits of such real-life casualties as the glam-rock singer Jobriath (”Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979”) and the porn-star suicide Savannah (”Starry Stairs”), plus the nameless, spurned lovers of those in the spotlight. We’d say Okkervil River should be famous — but on this evidence, maybe they’re better off producing their classics from the sidelines. A
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The Stand Ins

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