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Bookended by tapes Roky made at the Rusk Maximum Security Prison for the Criminally Insane (with surreal sonic augmentation), True Love Cast Out All Evil takes Erickson’s well-documented demons and shoves them aside for the strongest set of tunes Erickson has recorded in years. With the assistance of Okkervil River, and its leader Will Sheff in the producer’s chair, Erickson makes a solid return that reminds everyone of what they once loved in Roky and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Okkervil River doesn’t attempt to replicate that sound, but instead bring their own version of psychedelia on tunes such as the bright and punchy “Goodbye Sweet Dreams,” the spooky crawl of “Please, Judge” and the distorted magic of Erickson’s classic “John Lawman.” The church piano of “Be and Bring Me Home” is as elegant as the finest Dylan, and Erickson sings with a beautiful finality. “Bring Back the Past” rocks with a solid chunk and the title track feels like it’s been sprinkled with fairy dust. A success from any perspective. The “Deluxe Edition” includes a beautiful take of Erickson’s classic “Sweet Honey Pie” and “For You.”

Customer Reviews

One word "Grammy"

This should, if there is any justice in the world, get Roky a Grammy and a well-deserved trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Easily the best album of the year in a number of categories. Let's finally give Roky the praise he deserves!

Quite amazing.

I was really looking forward to this and it is better than I could have imagined. There is so much garbage released these days that is marketed as art rock or supposed to be thought provoking or whatever. Roky Erickson is the real deal, an album like this comes along maybe once a decade if we're lucky. Buy it. Avoid the phonies out there that want you to believe they have a hidden genius, go for the truly hidden genius of Roky Erickson.

Roky on a platter

You can't distill the life of an artist down to an album, but this is an aural view of a man that is a must listen (over and over and over) for any serious rock music fan. The arrangements are much better than I expected, and I have like Okkervil River for some time now.

Thank you, ANTI Records, Will Sheff and the rest of Okkervil River, for your support of this talented man without which he couldn't have shared this stunning album with us.


Born: July 15, 1947 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Syd Barrett, a common point of reference, Roky Erickson rose to cult-hero status as much for his music as for his tragic personal life; in light of his legendary bouts with madness and mythic drug abuse, the influence exerted by his garage-bred psychedelia was often lost in the shuffle. Born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947, in Dallas, TX, he began playing the piano at age five; by age 12, he had also taken up the guitar. The child of an architect and would-be opera singer, Erickson dropped...
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