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The Decemberists – The King Is Dead

January 25, 2011

Alright, I’m not going to pretend to be a big Decemberists fan. I own none of their albums & don’t really ever listen to them. I blame Sirius XMU for playing, “Valerie Plame” 4-5 times a day when that song came out. I hated that freakin’ song so much. And so started my unknowing boycott of The Decemberists.

The King Is Dead is the 6th album from the group & has been available to stream in it’s entirety on NPR’s First Listen since early this month. I decided to give it a whirl today, having never listened to a full Decemberists’ album. I wasn’t disappointed with the new album, but I wasn’t really wowed with it either. I thought the 1st single from the album, “Down by the Water,” was by far my favorite track on The King Is Dead. I’ll leave the rest for you true Decemberists fans to decide.

“Down by the Water”*

*favorite track

I give The Decemberists – The King Is Dead, 6.9/10


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sam permalink
    January 26, 2011 11:04 pm

    You knew I would have something to say about this. I think that if you have listened to much of the band might recognize Colin Meloy’s really fantastic song writing abilities. Their last album, hazzards of love was practically a full blown rock opera. This album is more stripped down and folkier. Much like Meloy’s roots started. Here is his previous band…tarkio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLpbSGs6wXc

    no…I am not mad at you. I just disagree. completely.

  2. cooper417 permalink*
    January 27, 2011 7:46 am

    And here I though that I was being really nice & unbiased by giving them a 6.9/10. =) This album does have a very folky sound. I just try to be open-minded when listening to any new music. This is why I let you know from the beginning that I’m not a big Decemberists fan. If I would have hated the album I wouldn’t have reviewed it at all. Thanks for reading & your input. I’ve got nothing but respect for you Sam.

    • sam permalink
      January 27, 2011 10:58 am

      I do appreciate your unbiased review. πŸ™‚ I am just stating for the record…I don’t agree.

      My personal would be 8.5/10 . I am however incredibly bias.

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