The Decemberists


#61

Fair enough

Don’t really agree on first few listens which is a shame

Will persevere


#62

Haven’t heard it myself yet but interesting to see the different opinions so far.


#63

What’s with lifting the lyrics from Barnaby, Hardly Working by Yo La Tengo on the opening track?


#64

No idea, but they do credit them in the sleeve notes


#65

Crikey, this is (IMO) dismal. I really liked the first half of the last one but this is bereft of any good ideas whatsoever (IMO). Someone convince me it’s a grower please.


#66

Yeah one listen in and it’s really not doing anything for me. And I liked the last one (but not bothered to go back to it since it came out tbh).


#67

Still looking forward to seeing them live as I never have

Few songs are OK on this. Like the first single and thought they may go more that way but there are a few cringey moments on this.

Some of the songs are decent but they have lost all the nice folky instrumentation.

Given it about 5 spins now and still only enjoying the same handful of songs

Shame


#68

It’s better than I expected from reading these reviews. A few throwaway tracks, but it hasn’t diminished my anticipation for November at all, which is the important thing.


#69

It’s basically on a par with the last album (i.e. nowhere near their best stuff) - I do like some of the songs on it though, especially that eight minute one near the end.


#70

This is a massive disappointment to me. It’s absolutely horrible, and not because the palette has changed - I don’t mind the synths - but it’s almost completely devoid of any of the wit and intelligence I loved them for. Some of the songs sound so crass, dull, simple or downright unpleasant to me, I can’t imagine myself ever wanting to hear them again.

I’ve seen them live a couple of times before and they’ve always been great, but I’m starting to regret getting tickets to one of the shows in November.


#71

I’m sure the November shows will still be great. They’re huge fun live.


#72

I was expecting this to be bad after reading above but I actually liked it ,some good catchy songs.

I prefer their more recent stuff over the older folky stuff about fairies and magical trees etc.So it seems, if you’re expecting King is Dead with a few synths, you’ll probably like this, if you’re hoping for a return to their the more whimsical stylings, you probably wont.