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November 14th, 2006 · No Comments

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is the latest album from The Decemberists, who have become one of my favorite bands in the last couple of years. It’s hard to describe The Decemberists. More of a pop band than a bunch of rockers, they blend folk and pop and add a strong dose of literary style. Colin Meloy, the principle songwriter of the group, has a degree in creative writing and it shows. The Decemberists’s albums are full of sea shanties, ghost stories, tales of doomed lovers, and old-style murder ballads. It’s all backed up by lush arrangements of strings and keyboards with Meloy’s odd, but listenable, voice as the narrator.

To be truthful, I haven’t found The Crane Wife to be as engaging as some of their previous albums, particularly Castaways and Cutouts and last year’s Picaresque. Having said that, it’s still pretty good and continues to grow on me. And even their weaker material is still far better than the garbage you hear on the radio. This is subject to change but right now, the tracks I’m really digging are Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) and Shankhill Butchers. When the War Came is also a good foot-stomper of a song that is staying in my head.

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