🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Decemberists

Right, let’s plough on with this one…

Jamie T goes in fairly low:

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Sigur Rós 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today;

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0 voters

  • Castaways And Cutouts
  • Her Majesty The Decemberists
  • Picaresque
  • The Crane Wife
  • The Hazards Of Love
  • The King Is Dead
  • What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
  • The Queen Of Hearts
  • I’ll Be Your Girl

0 voters

  • The Tain
  • Billy Liar
  • 16 Military Wives
  • O Valencia!
  • The Perfect Crime #2
  • Valerie Plame
  • Days Of Elaine
  • Record Year For Rainfall
  • The Rake’s Song
  • Down By The Water
  • January Hymn
  • This Is Why We Fight
  • Don’t Carry It All
  • Calamity Song
  • One Engine
  • Make You Better
  • The Wrong Year
  • Cavalry Captain
  • Philomena
  • Why Would I Now?
  • Ben Franklin’s Song
  • Severed
  • Once In My Life
  • Sucker’s Prayer
  • Traveling On

0 voters

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Heard one song, it was fine. Know nothing else by them

What a song.
Have literally disliked everything else I’ve heard of theirs.

2 Likes

5, and I hope I’m not the only one giving them such a high score. One of my favourite bands, and also one me and my dad bond over (he’s 73) so they hold an extra special place in my heart.

The quality has dipped since The King Is Dead, but there is still some gold to be found on the later albums. And the ambition shown with The Crane Wife and Hazards… is fantastic. I’ve never considered myself a prog fan, but those two hit the mark.

So much fun live too. I get that audience interaction isn’t something everyone is into, but I still get a huge amount of glee being part of an audience screaming like they’ve been swallowed by a whale.

Great band

7 Likes

Couple of nice tunes but one of those where i just can’t deal with the guys voice, sounds borderline ridiculous at times.

Have literally never consciously heard a note. Am I right in guessing mid-00’s guitar-indie by sensitive boys with lots of feelings? Not always a bad thing - just want to know what I’m missing.

1 Like

Used to love them, saw them touring hazards of love (a brilliant and much underrated album) and they were superb live. That was more than ten years ago and they’ve done very little to interest me since. 3, would have been 5 in 2011.

Sea shanties before they were cool.

I’ve given them a 3 but if I’m honest I never think about putting them on now. They were a band I quite enjoyed 13 odd years back.

1 Like

And endorsed by Zack Braff.

Yeah, pretty much that. Only other thing to add is the sensitive boy appears to be constantly on - or thinking about - a merchant ship in the late 19th century.

3 Likes

Excellent band imo, I will go to bat hard for them at some point but I really need to get dressed.

5 Likes

Not especially. They’re more in the vein of traditional folky story-tellers, with a bit more of a prog-rock bent. Think more Fairport Convention than The Shins. Picaresque is probably their most “indie rock” album, but even that is laced with tales of a barrow-boy’s lost love and an epic sea-shanty about a mariner taking revenge on his mother’s lover who left them destitute, which culminates in them being swallowed by a whale.

It’s all quite wordy and, I can imagine, being a bit hard to stomach for some.

3 Likes

were they the band on Parks and Rec?

They’ve got a few songs I really love when they’re in straight indie rock mode. Find a lot of the above stuff a bit off putting and affected.

Guess it’s the thing that people who love them love about them and that’s absolutely fine, just not for me. Also not a fan of his voice.

Reckon I could knock up a really strong 10 song playlist of theirs but don’t like much else.

2 I guess?

They were indeed part of the Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert. Also popped up in The Office on Dwight’s farm, I seem to remember.

1 Like

Should be right up my street, the guy’s voice just goes straight through me. Probably a 2 tbh.

Got into them quite late in life, but these are my two favs:

Can see why people wouldn’t like them but think he’s a great story teller

3 Likes

Only skim-listened but left with the impression that this is Mumford & Sons ft. Damien Rice ‐ A Tribute to Neutral Milk Hotel. Is that unfair?

3 Likes