Friday, January 14, 2005
PICARESQUE - THE DECEMBERISTS
Album: The Picaresque
Artist: The Decemberists
The Decemberists are one of the most talked about indie bands on the market right now (relax Arcade Fire, we know you are still number one). In the last two years, the Decemberists have moved from a little known band fond of sea shanties and unique song titles, to one of the most popular bands in the hipster circle.
The Picaresque has been leaked early. Very early. It is due out March 22nd. People wondered if this would be Her Majesty Pt. 2, or would the band rely more on the huge change in style they made when recording the Tain (ep - which is one song, 18 minutes or so, based on the play of the same name as if performed by Black Sabbath). The result lies happily somewhere in between.
The band still produces acoustic melodies over layers of strings (Engine Driver, On the Bus Mall), and Meloy writes song of his best lyrics to date (16 Military Wives and the Sporting Life), but the album also features several more upbeat numbers. As the drums kick in on the Sporting Life, you can't help but think of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, but the song discusses the failure of a high school boy trying to succeed in the sports world and how it is life or death for fathers (let's be honest, a song for hipsters talking about not loving sports, it has anthem written all over it).
For those jonesing for more of Meloy's sea shanties, fear not, the nautical theme is still present, this album is just a more well rounded album, touching on the good aspects of all their previous releases. Very few bands can combine, drums, keys, drums, strings, accordions, horns and any other instruments they can find at yardsales in such a perfect fashion. Fans of previous work will be happy with this album, without question. Please buy it, don't just download it. This band works as hard as any band out there today.
*** It should also be noted that Meloy uses the term "limpdick" in the most successful fashion since NWA dropped that bomb.
Just for reference:
"I'll slap you up side your head with 9 inches of limp dick"
From Dopeman on Straight Out of Compton is the NWA line Ack is reffering to.
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