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  • EthnicFootball59
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    Originally posted by McWatt View Post
    Decemberists are ok I guess. Would much, much rather listen to Shearwater or Okkervil River at any given time though. If you're into that folk-y sort of thing, those two bands > Decemberists, by leaps and bounds.
    Just started listening to Okkervil River, and I have to agree, they're damn good. Lead singer is a nigh-brilliant song writer. I got introduced to them via their covers album, first thing being Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais, I Just Came Here to Say That I'm Going Away. Though, to be honest my favorite song is probably The Plus Ones.

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  • jayhawk fan12
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    same here never heard of them

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  • McWatt
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    Decemberists are ok I guess. Would much, much rather listen to Shearwater or Okkervil River at any given time though. If you're into that folk-y sort of thing, those two bands > Decemberists, by leaps and bounds.

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  • Vbsiena
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    Never heard of them.

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  • supremeworldemperor
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    Album of the day #3

    The Decemberists- Picaresque

    The Decemberists are a band I probably would find extremely irritating if Colin Meloy wasn't a brilliant songwriter. I can't think of another lyricist with such a perfect knack for word choice.

    There are a lot of folksy elements in their sound. There are strings, accordions, marching drums, mandolins, banjos and the distinctive tone of Colin Meloy's voice. Many people find Meloy's voice off-putting, and I can see where they are coming from, but I really enjoy it, especially the way Meloy stretches his words.

    Anyways, the songs. They're all great. The quiet ballads, like "Eli, the Barrow Boy" and "From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea)" have haunting melodies that will stick in your mind at least until the next brilliant melody replaces it. The more upbeat songs are even better. "The Sporting Life" is a catchy song about football injury, and "16 Military Wives" is pure awesomeness. I'm impressed by the band's ability to utilize a horn section. Here, the horns give the song power, but they don't overpower the song. The melody is fantastic, and the lyrics, about the fifteen celebrity minds, and their fifteen crispy moderate liberal minds, are imaginative, but damn, all the lyrics are imaginative!

    The band saves the best song for second-to-last. "The Mariner's Revenge Song" is nine minutes long, and it never, ever gets boring. They pull all the stops here. I really don't want to spoil the surprise, but I will say this- listen to this song, and you will become a Decemberists fan.
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