Sunday, 22 March 2009

the hazards of love

I've never really gotten into the Decemberists. I enjoyed Picaresque, but not enough to motivate me into exploring their other albums. However, I think I'm just one of many people who has already been captured by their epic plot-driven new album - The Hazards of Love. And I'm saying this without having taken the time to investigate or follow the tale behind these songs, I'm speaking only in terms of the music and songs themselves.

The pinnacle (for me), at Track 8 is The Wanting Comes In Waves. It wasn't until I heard this on my first listen that the album struck me in the way it has. I think this will become a true classic, although only time will tell how the story and true end-to-end listening experience settles in to my mind.

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