Posted by: will | December 25, 2006

The Decemberists…


The Decemberists “The Crane Wife”(Capitol)

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I remember being quite shocked that The Decemberists had made the jump to the major leagues by signing to Capitol Records. I can not imagine a major label hearing the music of The Decemberists and actually thinking it could be profitable. So, call me a skeptic but I was not expecting too much from the band’s major label debut, The Crane Wife. Quite frankly, I was dead wrong. The Crane Wife sees the band at their creative peak. In fact this just might be my favorite Decemberists record yet.

It is obvious that The Decemberists used their newly found budget to take a little longer in the studio and really pay attention to each and every little detail. However, no matter what direction the band takes musically, they will always be led by the lyrically deft Colin Meloy. He is the heart and soul of the band and it is never more apparent than on The Crane Wife. The album is a loose concept record based around an old Japanese tale. It’s a fascinating journey to read the old story and then listen to the album. It gives one a certain appreciation to musicians who choose to create their art in such a manner.

The Crane Wife works on so many levels. If you know not one thing about what the album is based on it still remains a fascinating and enjoyable listen. The album encompasses some of The Decemberists strongest and most expansive material yet. And now with a major label behind them you can not help but wonder what this band might be capable of in the future. It is certainly exciting to ponder. For fans of highly intelligent indie rock/pop The Decemberists remain second to none. I apologize for being skeptical.

RIYL: Neutral Milk Hotel, Destroyer, Belle And Sebastian


The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 3 (mp3)

The Decemberists – Sons & Daughters (mp3)



  1. The Decemberists are in heavy rotation here. Interesting story about the Crane Wife, in Irish culture it’s similar to the story of the selkies. The fisherman finds a selkie who turns out to be a woman. Every night, she puts on her sealskin and slips away into the ocean…

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