Okemah and the Melody of Riot

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Okemah and the Melody of Riot
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Studio album by
Son Volt
ReleasedOctober 5, 2005
RecordedOctober 12–26, 2004
StudioSt. Louis
GenreAlternative country
LabelTransmit Sounds
ProducerJay Farrar
Son Volt chronology
Wide Swing Tremolo
Okemah and the Melody of Riot
The Search

Okemah and the Melody of Riot is the fourth album by alt-country band Son Volt. It was released on October 5, 2005.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
PopMatters7/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus MagazineB−[9]
Uncut3/5 stars[1]

The album has a score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1] Trouser Press gave the album a very favorable review and called it "A stunning return to form."[10] The A.V. Club gave it a favorable review and said of Jay Farrar, "Even when his overintellectualized lyrics smear into a palette of industrial gray, the guitars provide a strong human heartbeat."[11] NME gave it a score of seven out of ten and said that "Farrar has the passion to carry the songs beyond any hackneyed themes."[1] Other reviews are average or mixed: Mojo gave the album three stars out of five and said, "By focusing on the temporal, [Farrar] reduces himself to simple protest music rather than timeless folk."[1] The New York Times gave it an average review and said, "The band's underlying, stubborn seriousness, and nearly Amish unwillingness to change, creates its appeal."[12] Blender, however, gave it two stars out of five and said that Farrar had "never tried so actively to fuse prescriptive politics into [the] mix, and the move feels suspect."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jay Farrar.

  1. "Bandages & Scars" – 3:23
  2. "Afterglow 61" – 2:48
  3. "Jet Pilot" – 3:12
  4. "Atmosphere" – 3:50
  5. "Ipecac" – 3:29
  6. "Who" – 4:02
  7. "Endless War" – 4:25
  8. "Medication" – 5:00
  9. "6 String Belief" – 3:16
  10. "Gramophone" – 3:09
  11. "Chaos Streams" – 3:52
  12. "World Waits for You" – 4:08
  13. "World Waits for You (Reprise)" – 1:56


  • Jay Farrar: vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Dave Bryson: drums
  • Andrew Duplantis: bass, backing vocals
  • Brad Rice: guitar
  • Eric Heywood: pedal steel guitar on "World Waits for You"
  • John Horton: electric slide guitar on "World Waits for You (Reprise)"
  • Mark Spencer: slide guitar and slide dulcimer on "Medication"; backing vocal on "Who"; organ on "Gramophone"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Critic Reviews for Okemah And The Melody Of Riot". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  2. ^ Okemah and the Melody of Riot at AllMusic
  3. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (2005-07-15). "Okemah and the Melody of Riot Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  4. ^ Hochman, Steve (2005-07-10). "Plain-spoken to a fault". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  5. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (2005-07-14). "Son Volt: Okemah and the Melody of Riot". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  6. ^ Horan, Mark (2005-07-20). "Son Volt: Okemah and the Melody of Riot". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  7. ^ Hoard, Christian (2005-07-18). "Okemah And The Melody Of Riot : Son Volt : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  8. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2005-07-11). "Son Volt: Okemah And The Melody Of Riot". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  9. ^ Funk, Peter (2005-07-21). "Son Volt - Okemah And The Melody of Riot - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  10. ^ Hage, Erik; Robbins, Ira; Reynolds, Steve. "TrouserPress.com :: Son Volt". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  11. ^ Murray, Noel (2005-07-27). "Son Volt: Okemah And The Melody Of Riot". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
  12. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2005-07-11). "Americana to Comfort Roots Rockers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-06-12.

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