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The Decemberists - Picaresque [Limited Edition] (2015)

HD Tracks & Vinyl, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Folk | Author: artmuss | 9-05-2015, 09:38
The Decemberists - Picaresque [Limited Edition] (2015)
Artist: The Decemberists
Title Of Album: Picaresque
Year Of Release: 2015 [2005]
Label (Catalog#): Kill Rock Stars [KRS 425]
Country: United States
Genre: Indie Rock, Folk, Alternative
Quality: FLAC (tracks,vinyl)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 2:31:21
Full Size: 990 mb

"The Infanta," the thunderous opening track on the Decemberists' fluid and predictably studious Picaresque, rolls in like a ghost ship at 40 knots in a hail of cannon fire with a mad English professor at the wheel. Colin Meloy and his esteemed West Coast colleagues have no qualms about beginning their third full-length record with a processional about a child monarch, and it's a testimony to their talents as orators and interpreters of both the absurd and the mundane that they continue to assimilate more fans than they alienate. While Picaresque follows its predecessor's -- the treacly Her Majesty -- predilection for seafaring and mythology, its boot-covered feet are more firmly planted in the present, resulting in the group's most accessible -- and decidedly upbeat -- product to date. The rollicking "16 Military Wives," the aforementioned "Infanta," and "The Sporting Live" (which comes dangerously close to Belle & Sebastian's "Stars of Track and Field") help balance the spooky atmospherics of more reserved cuts like "From My Own True Love (Lost at Sea)" and "Eli, the Barrow Boy." the Decemberists have always excelled at midtempo British folk-inspired dream pop, and Picaresque is no exception, as the brooding "We Both Go Down Together," which sounds like a mist-drenched Pacific Northwest rendering of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," and the wistful "Engine Driver" rank among the group's finest offerings. The album concludes with the diabolical "Mariner's Revenge Song," a Tin Pan Alley dirge/operetta reminiscent of Kurt Weill's "The Black Freighter," and the brief but intoxicating "Of Angels and Angles," a solo Meloy ballad celebrating the holy trinity of nautical lore: love, drowning, and death.


1-01 The Infanta
1-02 We Both Go Down Together
1-03 Eli, The Barrow Boy
1-04 The Sporting Life
1-05 The Bagman's Gambit
1-06 From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea)
1-07 16 Military Wives
1-08 The Engine Driver
1-09 On The Bus Mall
1-10 The Mariner's Revenge Song
1-11 Of Angels And Angles

2-01 The Bandit Queen (with 'Dialogue' and 'Tap Dancing')
2-02 Bridges & Balloons
2-03 Constantinople
2-04 The Kingdom Of Spain (Prescott Version)
2-05 The Bandit Queen (Prescott Version)

2005-11-04 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY - Live
3-01 Intro
3-02 The Infanta
3-03 The Soldiering Life
3-04 Leslie Anne Levine
3-05 We Both Go Down Together
3-06 The Engine Driver
3-07 Eli the Barrow Boy
3-08 The Sporting Life
3-09 July, July!
3-10 16 Military Wives
3-11 Untitled Track
3-12 The Mariner's Revenge Song
3-13 The Chimbley Sweep
3-14 I Was Meant for the Stage
3-15 Outro

Record Store Day 2015 edition, limited to 5000 copies.

Recorded August-September 2004 at the Prescott Church, Portland, Oregon and Hall of Justice, Seattle, Washington. Mixed at Avast!, Seattle, Washington. "Picaresqueties" mixed at Hall of Justice. Mastered at RFI. Mastered for the vinyl format at SAE.

Special 180g gatefold vinyl edition with a bonus "Picaresqueties" side featuring unreleased tracks and versions. Includes postcards and download code for live in concert at the Roseland Theater.

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