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The Decemberists

Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, the Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper-literate pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. The band's initial lineup also included drummer Ezra Holbrook, bassist Nate Query, keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk. Frontman Meloy had previously devoted some time to an alternative country group before breaking off to pursue his craft as a singer/songwriter in the city of Portland, a move that eventually led to the Decemberists' formation. Drawing influence from his degree in creative writing, he began fashioning a hybrid of literate lyrics and wide-ranging pop music, touching upon everything from Sandy Denny to Morrissey in the process.

Before Hush Records released the band's debut album in 2002, the Decemberists baited their initial fans with a five-track EP. Their full-length debut, Castaways and Cutouts, was re-released that same year on the Kill Rock Stars label, and the band began to accumulate a serious fan base. After adding organist and keyboardist Rachel Blumberg to the group, in 2003 the Decemberists released Her Majesty, another fine collection of theatrical indie pop with pastoral sensibilities that further cemented their growing reputation. One year later, a five-part epic EP entitled The Tain -- based on the eighth century Irish poem of the same name -- appeared, followed by the full-length Picaresque in 2005.

The group, which at this point consisted of Meloy, Conlee, Query, Funk, and drummer John Moen, made the move to the major leagues by signing with Capitol Records in advance of 2006's The Crane Wife, which managed to hit number 35 on the Billboard 200. The album also grabbed the attention of comedian/actor Stephen Colbert, who challenged Funk to a guitar solo competition during a live taping of his show The Colbert Report. For their next project, the Decemberists tackled one of Meloy's most ambitious ideas to date: an honest to God rock opera. The Hazards of Love appeared in 2009, featuring a fantasy-filled story line as well as cameos from My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark, and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden.

In January 2011, the band unexpectedly topped the charts with The King Is Dead, a concise and rustic country-pop collection that featured guest appearances by Peter Buck and Gillian Welch, and followed it up later that year with the outtakes EP Long Live the King. With touring completed for The King Is Dead, the band went on hiatus, but still released the double live album We All Raise Our Voices to the Air in 2012. Two years later, in early 2014, the Decemberists announced several live dates for the summer and the beginning of work on their seventh studio album. On January 20, 2015, the album, titled What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, was released, and the group celebrated the event with a three-month tour covering the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
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lil_sprout0
LAME
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wenberep
I as well discovered them by accident. I fell off a ladder and when I awoke in the hospital they were on the radio! Second best accident ever!
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Best accident ever
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I, too, discovered the Decembrists by accident
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I discovered The Decemberists by accident, and ever since then I have become a big fan.
I really appreciate their return to lyrical storytelling .
If I had to describe them in one sentence, I would say " The Decemberists are the cure for your common pop music".
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Love their lyrics. Every song is a story a masterfully sung story
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Love them. Country numbers like Dear Avery are beautiful. Love the pedal steel in that song.
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Colin's book series is amazing x_x
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tommadden0
channeling REM...
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This album art is so cool
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This is my favorite band ever. I saw them live on their last tour. I want them to go on tour again because my dad promised me tickets if they do!
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Can't wait for a new album, I've searched the net for every and anything that has meloy's name on it. I've even started reading the wildwood books. Yes, I'm obsessed
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Jenny Conlee's keyboard fills must be noted when discussing the power of the Decemberists .
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Love the dark caberet sound...How about some Harlequin Jones or Birdeatsbaby Pandora?
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I have to admit I'm obsessed
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*ever
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Possibly the best band ecer
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this is so damn good
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colins voice and the band he plays with is so mesmerizing
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collin melloys voice is pretty amazing.
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Shiny
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Kind of a prog band ,maybe?
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i Enjoy this
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no they're still together. even making an appearance on parks and rec. so excited!
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I love this band!!!!!!
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Wew.
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pretty nice
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Piano, harmonica and lap steel... Beautiful combo of instruments along w colin's storytelling . Timeless and perfect
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Damn dark and haunting stuff. Just the way me likes it
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I thought they officially quit making albums and performing because Colin wanted to do other things. They did a lot of interviews saying the 2011 album was their last. If too much time passes and they don't put out a new album we'll know it's true.
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I first owned Crane Wife and was blown away. I bought Picaresque with trepidation. Would it be possible for the group to equal what I consider one of the best albums of all time? It didn't take long for me to realize it was possible. Both albums are similiar and yet different. Both albums are brilliant! I was a Beatles fan for, literally, decades. There's no going back.
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anahi.orange
Oooohhh vallllleeeee n n n n c c c c c i i i i i i a a a a a a a . . . . . . . . .
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Some hits, some misses..can' t blame them for trying to be unique..Qual i t y band, thumbs up
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so much better than nicki minaj
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standingonwo r l d s e n d
I believe it was these guys who wrote the novel Wildwood and its sequel.
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cgeganto
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love if your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this comment on to at least 3 songs you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minuets when done press f6 and your lovers name will apper on the screen in big letters this is scray cuz it actully works
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La-de-da-de- d a
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anette_green
<3
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Great lyrics. Depth of purpose/poet r y .
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That's a long sentence, Bobby.
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I often find my own self listening to the music of nothingness when riding my harley after 600 long miles and I shut the ipod down I am hearig my wn soul and it is people and song wriers like this that inspire me to writ and continue to Listen, and am always riding as if my maker is my co-pilot as I ride it like I stole it at times I will lay down on the throttle andhit afew switchbacks and feel my imortality, I fel the moment and nothing else matters but here and now. If You can't relate Jump o
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Words cannot describe how much I truly love this band. Even if I never get my wish and see them live, I'll still count myself blessed to listen to even one of their songs.
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This ban is awesome
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strts5
Hand on mouth Make wish hand over heart post on 3other songs tomatoes is your best day ever
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This band gives me hope for the future of music
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brennangandy 7
As soon as I heard his voice I thought about R.E.M.! :D
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strangejade5
Why does his voice remind me of John Green? -.-
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vigilante413
:DDDDDDDDDDD D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D
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emmaj74
*Meloy not Melloy
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emmaj74
to My pony name is Sparkly Rebellion~ Anna, we all get that you love the Decemberists , but if other people don't like you need to respect that. Not that i don't love them went to see them in concert and met Mr. Melloy and his wife Carson Ellis.
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