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The Decemberists Albums
I'll Be Your Girl
I'll Be Your Girl is the eighth studio album by the American indie rock band The Decemberists, released on March 16, 2018 on Capitol and Rough Trade. Produced by John Congleton, the band experimented with new instrumentation during the album's recording sessions, including several synth-based compositions inspired by New Order and Depeche Mode. The album was preceded by the singles, "Severed" and "Once in My Life".
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is the seventh studio album from The Decemberists, released on January 20, 2015. The album's title comes from a line in the song "12/17/12", a reference to the date of Barack Obama's speech in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and lead singer Colin Meloy's conflicting feelings about the shooting and his happy personal life.
The King Is Dead
The King Is Dead is the sixth studio album by The Decemberists, released on Capitol Records on January 14, 2011. Described as the "most pastoral, rustic record they've ever made" by Douglas Wolk of Rolling Stone, the album reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart for the week ending February 5, 2011. The song "This Is Why We Fight" reached number 19 on the U.S Alternative Songs Chart, while the song "Down by the Water" also charted in the United States. In November 2011, the band released an EP of album out-takes, entitled Long Live the King.
Prior to the album's release, frontman Colin Meloy stated: "If there's anything academic about this record, or me trying to force myself in a direction, it was realising that the last three records were really influenced by the British folk revival [...] this whole world that I was discovering, that I was poring over, learning inside-out. It was a wanting to get away from that. And looking back into more American traditions, reconnecting with more American music."
Hazards Of Love
The Hazards of Love is the fifth album by the American indie rock band The Decemberists, released through Capitol Records and Rough Trade in 2009. The album was inspired by an Anne Briggs EP titled The Hazards of Love. According to the band, frontman Colin Meloy had set out to write a song with the album's title, which eventually developed into an entire album. Becky Stark, Shara Nova, and Jim James provide guest vocals throughout the album, while Robyn Hitchcock makes a cameo guitar appearance on "An Interlude".
The Hazards of Love is a rock opera, with all songs contributing to a unified narrative, similar to the use of recurring stories on the band's previous album, The Crane Wife. The plot is a love story: a woman named Margaret falls in love with a shape-shifting boreal forest dweller named William. William's mother, the jealous Forest Queen, and the villainous Rake bring conflict to the album's story arc.
The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife is the fourth album by The Decemberists, released in 2006. It was produced by Tucker Martine and Chris Walla, and is the band's first album on the Capitol Records label. The album was inspired by a Japanese folk tale, and centers on two song cycles, The Crane Wife and The Island, the latter inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest. National Public Radio listeners voted The Crane Wife the best album of 2006.
The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy's wife, who has created artwork for each of the band's albums.
Picaresque is the third studio album from The Decemberists. It was released in 2005 on the Kill Rock Stars record label. The word "picaresque" refers to a form of satirical prose originating in Spain, depicting realistically and often humorously the adventures of a low-born, roguish hero living by their wits in a corrupt society.
Her Majesty The Decemberists
Her Majesty the Decemberists is the second full-length album by The Decemberists, released on September 9, 2003, by Kill Rock Stars. The song "Song for Myla Goldberg" was written years earlier, after Colin Meloy had been a media escort for the novelist Myla Goldberg during a tour following the publication of her first book, Bee Season.
The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend of Meloy, who has created artwork for each of the band's albums.
As of November 2005 it had sold 40,000 copies in United States.
Castaways And Cutouts
Castaways and Cutouts is the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album's title is taken from a lyric of the song "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade".
The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend of frontman Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band's albums.
We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11 - 08.11)
The Decemberists stretch acoustic folk into epic prog rock song cycles and twist old-timey cadences around, well, equally old-timey verbiage. Over a half-dozen albums and many more EPs, the Portland ensemble have established a sound deeply rooted in traditional forms but uniquely their own, thanks largely to bandleader Colin Meloy's wordy, wavering singing. We Raise Our Voices to the Air is the Decemberists' first live album, recorded over the course of twelve concerts in support of 2011's alt-country-inflected The King is Dead, and while it mainly concentrates on that record, it also draws on the band's back catalog for favorites such as "Billy Liar," "O Valencia!," and "The Crane Wife" trilogy. With 20 tracks clocking at nearly an hour and a half, it's a generous set for any Decemberists fan—and a reminder of the band's considerable live chops.
Live At Austin City Limits Music Festival 2007: The Decemberists
Once In My Life
Ben Franklin's Song
Ben Franklin's Song
Why Would I Now?
Florasongs is an EP by the American indie rock band The Decemberists, released on October 9, 2015, on Capitol Records. The release is composed of five out-takes from their seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
Long Live The King
This handful of new music from The Decemberists was all recorded during the same sessions that resulted in their chart-topping The King Is Dead CD earlier this year. On first listen, it's clear why they were omitted: while the acoustic sea-faring yarn "E.Watson" will sound familiar to fans, the rest confidently stride off in their own direction, from the Southern Rock guitar jams of "Burying Davy" to the uplifting burst of New Orleans-style horns on "Sonnet." There's also an unexpected Grateful Dead cover. The stand out track is simple love ditty "I 4 U & U 4 Me," a home demo that harkens back to the band's earlier indie pop days. This EP may not be as cohesive as previous releases, but this collection of cast-offs contains the kind of eccentricities and experimentalism that should delight hardcore fans.
Always The Bridesmaid, Vol.3
Always The Bridesmaid, Vol.2
Always The Bridesmaid
The Perfect Crime No.2
The Decemberists - CONNECT Set
The Perfect Crime #2 (Album Demo)
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