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The Decemberists


Prog Folk

3.15 | 9 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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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

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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