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Live, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Infanta
2. Calamity Song
3. Rise To Me
4 - The Soldiering Life
5 - We Both Go Down Together
6 - The Bagman's Gambit
7 - Down By The Water
8 - Leslie Ann Levine
9 - The Rake's Song
10 - The Crane Wife 1,2, and 3

1. Oceanside
2. Billy Liar
3. Grace Cathedral Hill
4. All Arise!
5. Rox In The Box
6. June Hymn
7. Dracula's Daughter O Valencia!
8. This Is Why We Fight
9. The Mariner's Revenge Song
10. I Was Meant For The Stage

Line-up / Musicians

- Colin Meloy / vocals, guitar
- Chris Funk / guitar
- Jenny Conlee / piano
- Nate Query / bass
- John Moen / drums, banjo

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Review by Neu!mann
3 stars Following the release of their most commercial (and commercially successful) studio album to date, the vagabonds and ragamuffins of The Decemberists return with a double-disc live set from their year 2011 American tour. It was probably inevitable that the band would choose to consolidate its popularity with a big, generous live package. But critics could also argue it's a surefire way to avoid making any decision about where to go next: down the same easy path to mainstream accessibility marked by their album "The King Is Dead", or back toward the whimsical folk-rock narratives of earlier efforts, with their petticoats, pantaloons, and restless Victorian ghosts.

So the new live album finds the group comfortably settled on their flowery laurels: a respite they've certainly earned. And fans who might have felt a slight letdown after hearing "The King Is Dead" should be reassured by the omnibus nature of the set list, drawn from the band's entire history, all the way back to their year 2001 demo EP "5 Songs".

It's not an entirely accurate representation of any single gig, however. Ringleader Colin Meloy cherry-picked elements from throughout the tour to assemble an idealized faux-concert, complete with Meloy's often priceless between-song banter (in truth, one of the big attractions to these discs). Alas, none of the songs were culled from the show I attended in Lewiston, New York, on the bluffs above the Niagara would have been fun to hear drummer John Moen's unscripted rendition of "The Monster Mash" again.

I wouldn't expect this live CD to win any new fans. With the exception of the "The Crane Wife" trilogy of songs, performed uninterrupted and (unlike the studio versions) in the proper sequence, newcomers may wonder why an REM-influenced Indie Rock ensemble is even included on this site at all. In answer I would direct your skeptical attention to the album "The Hazards of Love": a masterpiece of modern Prog, but without the usual imitative ties to the 1970s, and sadly represented here by only one cut ("The Rake's Song"), somewhat orphaned when heard out of context.

The show comes to a rousing climax with "The Mariner's Revenge Song", one of those obligatory crowd-pleasers in danger of being spoiled by overexposure, not unlike "Roundabout" by Yes or the long-standing Jethro Tull ball-and-chain "Aqualung". But the encore is encouraging: a faithful performance of the otherwise routine ballad "I Was Meant For the Stage", devolving in its final chorus into an extended free-form barrage of raw, over-amped noise.

Perhaps that unexpected coda was meant as a challenge by Meloy to his fans: don't get too complacent just yet..! But for now it's enough to simply enjoy the spectacle of a unique band caught in the spotlight at the crossroads of ambition: no longer just another eccentric cult act, and precariously navigating the knife-edge of real success.

Review by Prog Leviathan
3 stars Indie/folk darlings offer up a proper live album to showcase their infectious blend of playful, anachronistic, and gentlemanly rock music. The whole affair is a jaunty and lively experience, well-played and soulfully sung. However, and it's sort of a big however, the group's sound has difficulty capturing the same level of depth and texture that we hear throughout their studio work. Instead, the songs feel more riff heavy and electric than we're used to. Not necessarily a bad thing, considering that this live set-list is meant to get your toe-tapping, but in general it doesn't sweep one up as much as I would hope.

The songs emphasize the newly released King is Dead, with some dabbling primarily from Picaresque and Crane Wife; effective selections overall, though if you're looking for something as sensitive or artistic as you heard on Hazards of Love, you won't hear it. We All Raise Our Voices to the Air has a crowd-pleasing, festival feel, and is more concerned with creating a fun concert experience than it is with reveling in the antique and finely crafted sound that the band produces in the studio.

Definitely check it out if you're interested in seeing a slightly heavier side of a legitimately good indie/folk band.

Setlist: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Stage/Energy: 3 - Live Experience: 3

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