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Thursday, December 29, 2011

THE DECEMBERISTS / The King Is Dead [2011]

Dropping the English folklore for a little more lore from their American roots, The Decemberists fall into a fine form, not much unlike old R.E.M., on their 6th studio album The King Is Dead.
With the aid of Gillian Welch as a back-up vocalist, The Decemberists have a wonderful little album of Americana country-folk that is both haunting and catchy. Colin Meloy's trademark over-achieving vocabulary and knack for subtle jokes buried underneath all the thoughtful lyrics are all just as good as ever.
Like a pleasant stroll through an vast empty field, The King Is Dead is light, comforting folk music without a bad aftertaste.

3 Peter Buck's out of 5

Songs Of Note: Down By The Water; June Hymm

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