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
80s Decemberist Mashup with The Cure
What else do you need to know? But it!
By The origional Big Al
It amazes me some people are reviewing their album on one song. Wait for the entire compilation. It’s also interesting how people are critical when a band evolves and tries different sounds and approaches. I like this album; they sound more seasoned while still keeping some of their previous sound. Did they ever have one sound or type of music? It’s hilarious because my recollection is their whole compilation of albums are so diverse and complex. Relax people.
Mostly crap. I hope to never hear “Your Ghost” ever again.
Dark and fun return to form
Sounds like the successor to Hazards of Love, feels like the way-back Decemberists.
I wasn’t as big a fan of the direction the band seemed to be moving in with The King Is Dead, but this album has a sharper sound and summons up so many of the things I loved about Her Majesty and Picaresque.
Melancholy menace? It’s constant. Wildly wordy lyrics, check. Ghosts? DOUBLE check. Plus a slightly weird and incredibly earnest love song, and an 8 minute epic about a water nymph.
If you liked Hazards of Love (and everything that came before), this album is for you.
Iv’e been listening to the decemberists since I was a kid. This is BY FAR their worst album. This is not them at all. It’s their decision if they want to adopt a different sound to their music but personally I’m a big fan of their old stuff and this new age crap doesn’t cut it for me.
I have heard better sounds plopping into my toilet after I eat Taco Bell.