Love this album
I understand the negative reviews, it is easy to get used to one type of sound, but part of being a supportive fan is evolving with the band. So even if you don’t like the new album as much, if you support the band members at least don’t leave ONE star and no contribution to how they could improve. I personally love these songs.
Anyway sorry for the long and up-tight sounding review. Just my opinion.
Suckers prayer is an inspired song and could be the anthem for millennials on social media
All I hear are synths and processed meat..Not discrediting one of, in my opinion, the best bands of my generation, but it’s the same story - people love the original music, why deviate from what people first loved?
Love all their stuff, but this is a much needed change in direction, much better than the previous change in direction. Fun, interesting, and rocking.
Loving this album
I see a lot of reviews talking about this band getting away from their americana/folk roots. I think that is very interesting perception, because one of the things that has drawn me to this band for years now is their early work. In my opinion, this album sounds more like their albums from the 2000's, The Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, Picaresque... the albums that drew me to this band in the first place. The Decemberists are story tellers, if you see them live, which I did last October, you would see that they are anything but purely Americana. I actually felt like the album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World sounded like a bit of them going in a safe direction. They are at times a dark band, political, and honest. This album is much more like the Decemberists that I have loved for years. Colin Meloy has a fantastic voice, and when he performs live, he sounds exactly like he does on an album.
See them live to appreciate!
Yes, this is a departure from the Decemberists of yore. As a naysayer to the naysayers, you must see them live. The album doesn't do justice to their art as the live performance did. It was an unexpected pleasure and larger than life musicianship. Don't write them off. Of course, they played their ballads in concert and was in balance an amazing show. I only listened to the album after seeing the concert, so I will be forever biased.
Some Decemberist die-hards may be challenged by this album's more beat-heavy, upbeat songs - but I really like this album, and find it much more consistent and approachable than their prior effort. Truly great bands challenge themselves - and the Decemberists have done that again here, with great success imo.
The most boring band of all time. And possibly the worst album cover of all time.
Terrible is a good review for this album. Don’t waste your money
Maybe missing some of the storytelling from the past, but it has more good songs than on other recent albums of theirs. Top two tracks for me: Sucker's Prayer and Once in my Life