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The Decemberists


Prog Folk

4.09 | 251 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars A modern triumph, lush with thoughtful composition, performances, and emotive resonance, "Hazards of Love" is a unique winner.

From the ominous introduction to they fey whimsy of its poetic lyricism, "Hazards of Love" exudes style and a handcrafted feel. The songs are rich, varied, and dynamic, carrying the listener along through the narrative's numerous events and emotions with class. There are sweeping highs giving way to baleful electric intensity, changing back again all to the acoustic strumming of the band's "folksy" instrumentation; beautiful ballads interchange with the occasional driving rock beat. The group's playing is largely understated, making "Hazard's" charms subtle ones, discovered only when one is ready to experience the album as a whole.

Lyrically dense, Meloy's vocals tell a delightfully disturbing tale of doomed love and murder. There are rich variety in the vocals, with memorable rhymes, melodies, and harmonies which keep the narrative moving excellently-- much more so than some other concept albums.

The end effect is one which will likely stay with the listener, and make "Hazards of Love" an oustanding piece of art. Highly recommended (don't be scared off by the "Indie" rep)!

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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