Friday, May 22, 2009

The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists...

I've long been a fan of The Decemberists.  I love a good story and lead singer and songwriter, Colin Meloy, knows just how to deliver that.  That's why, when my friend Jenny told me about the new album, I was instantly intrigued.  The new album, The Hazards of Love, is a concept album meant to be played from start to finish, chronicling the fairy tale relationship between Margaret and a dweller of a magical forest named William.  This rock opera is told over the course of 17 tracks, deftly crafted with subtle allusions, stunning imagery, poignant poetry, and ominous foreshadowing.  The Hazards of Love begs the listener to play the album over and over, revealing new layers and depths of meaning.  Not only is this fantastical story rich with detail and skillful storytelling, but it is enhanced with captivating melodic instrumentals.  Yes, I've found myself (the tone-deaf one) mindlessly humming along in public to the horror and dismay of those around me.

I definitely recommend The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists.

1 comment:

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Good review Andrew! I want to buy this now!