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The Decemberists – Picaresque

22 12 2010

Listened: Thursday December 9

I have a love-hate relationship with the Decemberists. As an English major, I appreciate their way with “big words” and storytelling and the fact that some of their songs are modern folk songs in the traditional style. The dark tone of the songs is really fun. However, sometimes their style can border on pretentiousness.

The music is good though – very folkie and lush. When I saw them at Coachella a couple of years ago, they were very fun and entertaining. The song about the whale was wonderfully illustrated and participatory.

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