i had zero intention of even mentioning the latest decemeberist record, the king is dead, cause quite frankly they had fallen out of my favor about 3 records ago. sure there were some good songs on these records, but all in all they were quite a bore and terribly inconsistent. on a whim, i grabbed the king is dead and immediately was blown away by the opening track “dont carry it all.” i kept my excitement low cause i also really loved the opening of the crane wife, “the crane wife 3″ and really disliked the remainder. to be even more honest, my stint following colin meloy on twitter really soured me on the band. he came across as a pretentious prick, but then again maybe so do i?
after one listen to the king is dead, i was hooked. its a fabulous record, i must admit. first listen i was like man this sounds like a country-fied version of rem circa 85 cause a lot of the guitar tones sure as hell sounded like peter buck. come to find out, yeah buck plays on a few songs, gillian welch sings backup on 7 songs i believe, and david rawlings also plays throughout or at least on a couple tracks. so, if you had kinda given up on em, or maybe werent ever a fan, me thinks, in fact i know, you need to give this a spin. the video down there for “rise to me” really is the crown jewel of the record, imo.
amazon has the king is dead for 8 bucks, btw.