Not the best but definitely not the worst
I love this band, like this is the only band I will go see live love. This album, while not the best they have put out, does have some really good songs on it. Suckers Prayer is a great song that lines up with all their greatest songs released. Looking forward to seeing them this spring/summer on tour!
I love the Decemberists but this album is disappointing. I get wanting to experiment but go too far away from your original sound and it alienates your fan base. It wasn't all crap. There wera a few songs on here that sounded like the band I love. But I hope they got this crap out of their system with this album and are ready to go back to what made us fans love them to begin with.
By Kc Jean
This album is genuine and rare! Love it!
May be my least enjoyed out of their catalogue. These songs seem as if they could be b-sides from every past record. Hearing similar sounds from their older albums e.g. Rusalka, Rusalka compared to Odalisque or Once In My Life compared to On The Bus Mall. The new edition of synths are lightly peppered throughout. Nothing that would make one think they’ve changed their sound. Not as captivating, engrossing or as fun to listen to as all of their previous albums are.
By Derek B 007
This album is just pure Joy !! Different but beautiful .
Everything IS awful.
It usually takes me a few listens to figure out where these folks are on any given album. This attempt won't get a second try. Very, very, painful and sad to think that this troop is played out, but this release is a fairly convincing closing argument. You didn't change; you've lost inspiration. I've loved you but goodbye.
Reminds me of devo.
Colin Malloy’s voice is comforting even when singing about oozing bodily fluids or how awful everything is.
I’ve tossed coins at these fantastical buskers since 2005 and would give them my unworthy soul if they’d ask!
I'm digging this one
I've been a fan since their first album and I'm reallyl liking this one. Suckers Prayer is perfect. Heard it live last year and was hoping it would make the album. For any of the reviews saying they have gone too pop, what are you talking about ?? Listen to the whole album, it fits in well with their whole catalog. If you are a fan you'll like this one as well.
By Scolding a Banana
Some bands feel the need to "reinvent", or "update" their sound, and take chances. In moderation, this can be good. Too often, though, bands abandon the sound that brought them fans in the first place, and they end up alienating the non-Kool Aid drinkers. Like in this case.
P.S. iTunes should block reviews before sh*t comes out. "Based on the single, this album's gonna be fantastic" is the most idiotic thing to repeatedly get posted on iTunes.