Sunday, February 06, 2011
The Decemberists new album 'The King is Dead' is quite a departure from their previous epic 'The Hazards of Love.' The group have made quite a reputation for developing 'dare I say' concept album approach to music making. However, the new album returns the group to their early folk/americana roots. The influence of REM is never far way and Peter Buck joins the group on several songs.
The King is Dead is perhaps not as immediate as 'The Hazards of Love' or 'The Crane Wife' but it is a rewarding experience following further listens. The band will be touring the UK in March and from my previous experience the live shows should not be missed - see you at the Leeds Academy show on 11 March?