Thursday, 24 December 2009

Noughties #84: The Decemberists "Picaresque" (Kill Rock Stars, 2005)

The nautical themes continued on Portland Oregegon's The Decemberists third release. These are modern folk songs that are equally historical and contemporary - it doesn't feel like a re-enactment. Each song is a mini-epic, an excercise in story-telling as much lyrical device. Any one of The Decemberists albums may have made this list, Picaresque is included due to its marginal consistency in finding the hidden gold.

Highlights: decemberists - we both go down together decemberists - eli the barrow boy decemberists - sixteen military wives

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