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Monday, August 14, 2006

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If you're at all a fan of indie music (or a reader of music blogs at all) I'll assume you know of the Decemberists. Fans of Colin Meloy's music love the storytelling aspects, the whimsical nature of his tales of ships and the sea. And they certainly won't be disappointed with the highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Picaresque. There are more dreamy epic tales of adventure, and more evidence of Meloy's degree in creative writing.

That's not to say that the Decemberists tread water with only old styles this time around- songs like "The Perfect Crime 2" show a sly, ominous groove that hadn't really been heard previously, and it's a welcome new tack for the band. There even seems to be a bit more of a heavier electric guitar leaning in some of the tunes, evident in the riffs of "When The War Came." Meloy's vocals are still perfect for the lyrics and backing music, with a feeling of yearning that seems to always thrill in its reach.

The obvious question will of course pop up- is it better than Picaresque? That's a mighty tall order and will probably only be proven one way or the other upon repeated listens, but with these tunes it certainly doesn't seem impossible...

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The Decemberists- The Crane Wife 3

The Decemberists- Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)

The Decemberists- The Perfect Crime 2

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Laura Veirs sharing lead vocals on "Yankee Bayonet,' right?

Great post.

1:40 PM  
Blogger jspaceman said...

Actually I'm not sure who the female vocal is there...

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he singing "Battle Creek" in the chorus of Yankee Bayonet? Being a resident of said city, that caught my ear.

3:06 PM  
Blogger jspaceman said...

Definitely Battle Creek. Michigan, I assume?

5:12 PM  
Blogger JAX said...

definately Laura Veirs on Yankee Bayonet. Im obsessed with her. Siiigh listenin to galaxies as we speak.

6:53 PM  
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