Day 18: The Decemberists – “The King Is Dead”

Tracklisting

  1. Don’t Carry It All
  2. Calamity Song
  3. Rise To Me
  4. Rox In the Box
  5. January Hymn
  6. Down By the Water
  7. All Arise!
  8. June Hymn
  9. This Is Why We Fight
  10. Dear Avery

This is another 2011 masterpiece. Three months in and I have already laid my ears on some great music. From new albums by Rise Against, Amos Lee, G. Love and even the Fleet Foxes’ new album due out next month, The Decemberists “The King Is Dead” is stands out above them all.

The Decemberists are also the first band in this project to have two albums featured on separate days. I gave “The Crane Wife” a go in the opening week of the project. That was the album that opened me up to listening to more from this band.

What I like about The Decemberists’ style is their upbeat folk sound. A lot of folk today tends to be more acoustic than up beat. But with the use of upbeat songs, the Decemberists add life to their music, setting them above other folk/indie bands.

This is apparent in their single “Down By The Water.” The vocals on it are awesome, especially Jenny Conlee’s work as the band’s only female vocalist.

“Don’t Carry It All” and “Calamity Song” open the album up the right way. But my favorite songs of the album belong to “January Hymn” and “June Hymn.” They are two beautiful, slow songs that captured me at first listen.

Another song that stands out to me is “This Is Why We Fight.” It’s another upbeat folk song that brings the final energy on the album before it closes with an incredible ballad in “Dear Avery.”

The Decemberists did it again with a quality album. This is my favorite album thus far and their best work.

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