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The Decemberists


Prog Folk

3.99 | 165 ratings

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4 stars "The Crane Wife" is the 4th full-length studio album by progressive folk rock act The Decemberists. The album was released through Capitol/Rough Trade in October 2006.

The music on the album is for the most part vers/chorus structured folk rock songs with great vocals and vocal harmonies, Hammond organ, pump organ, Wurlitzer, Moog, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, percussion, cello, dulcimer, banjo, bouzouki, bass and upright bass, glockenspiel and accordion. A really interesting blend of instruments that gives the album a very warm sound. As mentioned most songs are pretty ordinary in structure but there are two songs that stand out. Itīs the 12:26 minute long "The Island" and the 11:19 minute long "The Crane Wife 1 & 2". The first is fantastic and by far the most progressive and interesting song on the album while the latter is excellent too but not as progressive. The rest of the songs excel in strong melodies and great atmosphere but they are more simple and ordinary in nature compared to the two longer tracks on the album. All tracks are very well written, well performed and well produced and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is well deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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