admin On gennaio - 12 - 2011

“The King Is Dead”


Rough Trade

7 / 10

Just in a corner between the more folk songs by R.E.M., Mr. Neil Young and The Long Winters, it is set the new work by The Decemberists, “The King Is Dead” (yes, resuming the Queen from The Smiths, of course!), where Colin Meloy’s voice is supported by some appeareances by Peter Buck and Gillian Welch, and by the easy-listening mood of his band-mates in playing, creating something like acoustic folk mixed with catchy sounds from the ‘60s and lyrics about California and classic themes in the Usa tradition of lonely-melancholic songs.
As the new album by the band from Portland, maybe, will leave some past fans atonished, especially the ones in love with their last greatest album “Hazards Of Love”, for that kind of turning point in going more and more folker in writing, “The King Is Dead” will capture new supporters, from Calamity Song, to the more electric guitar in Down By The Water.
By the way, an album that need to be listened, carefully.

1. Don’t Carry It All
2. Calamity Song
3. Rise To Me
4. Rox In The Box
5. January Hymn
6. Down By The Water
7. All Arise!
8. June Hymn
9. This Is Why We Fight
10. Dear Avery


by Ilaria Rebecchi

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