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The Decemberists


Prog Folk

3.77 | 24 ratings

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3 stars This second EP from The Decemberists consists of only one epic song (divided in five parts) which is frankly on the heavy edge of the folk genre (opening and closing parts).

Heavy riff, almost doom in the early babblings, this piece of music turns out to be a more "Decemberists" song and features languish vocals and slow paced music. The whole topped by the melancholic voice of their front man (Colin Meloy).

Fine and dark passages (with some strings in the background) do bring a strange atmosphere and I have to admit that it is with quite a pleasure that I listen to this long song (almost twenty minutes), having endured a weak experience with their previous album ("Her Majesty").

This is a much diversified epic, with some fine stroke of inspiration (the short accordion part for instance between Rachel vocal part). This long song is by no means boring and on the contrary it offers mixed atmospheres.

The closing part being another heavier one, just as it had begun.

It is with some relief that I welcome this EP. At least, the band hasn't forget their very good song writing of their debut. Let's hope they keep on surfing this positive wave.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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