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March 27, 2009


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This is the type of criticism I'd love to read more of.

I've been listening to the new album, but more as a background to what I'm doing than anything else and also skipping around through it, so it hasn't had a chance to work on me.

You also make a good case for actually owning an album. I was going through my CDs the other day and was just perplexed by them. They seemed so archaic. I've forgotten how much I used to interact with them - open them up, read the liner notes, etc.

Now that you've brought up the Tull reference, I'm not sure how I feel about the Decemberists. Mostly because I pretty much listened to Tull non-stop through high school which is kind of hard to admit really, now. Am I progressing in my musical appreciation or regressing?


Well done, sir, you have done your work. People get paid a lot of money (in a few publications, at least) to write album reviews, but I've never read one that reaches the depth of this. I'll have to get the album and listen to it, though, before I'll know whether I agree. All hail the blogosophere!


excellent review. the similarities with bon jovi are uncanny. check this out:



Excellent review! Very in depth and intelligent. I love the Decemberists but The Hazards of Love is not as immediately approachable as their other works, but maybe it will grow on me. I'm going to see them in a few weeks and wonder how the material will translate live.


Nice review - hats off! I can only think of one observation to add...

on a narrative structure level, the thing doesn’t make the most sense in the world.

I've done a lot of listening to British trad folk and folk-rock over the years, and I can say with, I think, no fear of contradiction that folk ballads tend to be long on narrative and emotion and short on explanation... Maybe CM is just being true to his source material! :)


'The piece lacks much in the way of deeper meaning' - i disagree with this statement. Personally, i feel this album has much depth, and you have incorectly interpretated it.
As a Decemberists fan, i welcomed a refreshing new album. And this is by far my favourite album.

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