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The Decemberists


Prog Folk

3.58 | 63 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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3 stars While I would normally take steps to turn off or avoid quirky indie artists, there is a dreamy and antique charm to the Decemberists that I enjoy very much. In this, their debut, they offer us a variety of artful, densly arranged, and emotional music that tickles the fancy on many different levels. While it doesn't always connect with me on a personal or intellectual level, their sound here is very soulful and soothing.

There are two things one will hear right away on Castaways and Cutouts: the first are the layers of acoustic instruments played with a sort of old-time feel. This is probably the trademark of the Decemberist's sound, and it's great. It's played in a very warm and anachronistic tone that is half tongue-in-cheek, and half crafts-person. The second is the distinctive voice of Meloy, which are smoothly crooned in sort of a nasally drone that is surprisingly enjoyable. His lyrics are surprisingly good, having numerous literate references and playful rhymes that take you to unexpected places.

While not their best album so far, Castaways and Cutouts is recommended for those seeking a mellow sound to add to their prog collection.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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