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The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 2006 (2017) [Hi-Res]

HD Tracks & Vinyl, Rock, Indie, Folk, Pop | Author: artmuss | 22-05-2018, 13:07
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 2006 (2017) [Hi-Res]Artist: The Decemberists
Title Of Album: The Crane Wife
Year Of Release: 2006/2017
Label: Capitol
Country: United States
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk
Quality: FLAC (*tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless [24bit–88.20kHz]
Time: 1:57:44
Full Size: 2.31 gb

The Decemberists' album, "The Crane Wife," is thematically based on a tragic Japanese folk tale, but band leader Colin Meloy promises a fair dose of rock'n'roll, rape, murder and violence as well. The set is the fivesome's fourth full-length and their first since moving over to a major label from Kill Rock Stars. Recruiting Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla and Seattle mainstay Tucker Martine to man the decks.

Capitol raised a few eyebrows when they signed indie stalwarts the Decemberists. There's nothing blatantly commercial about the Portland quintet, from Colin Meloy's quavery voice and hyper-literate lyrics to the band's wide-ranging music, which encompasses baroque pop, prog rock, and dozens of other styles. Then again, he did once sing, "I was made for the stage," and those who've seen the group live know this to be true. Sure, they're storytellers, but they're entertainers, too--just not in the Top 40 sense. Never ones to play it safe, their major label debut takes its inspiration from a Japanese folk tale. It travels from the Replacements-style balladry of "The Crane Wife 3"--which joins words like "Each feather it fell from skin/'Til threadbare while she grew thin" to the melody from "Here Comes a Regular"--to the ELP hoedown of three-part epic "The Island" to the haunting duet between Meloy and Laura Veirs on "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)." It's an impressively eclectic effort that somehow manages to avoid sounding scattered. Co-produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) and Tucker Martine (the Long Winters), the Decemberists' fourth full-length is richer, less immediately catchy than its predecessor (there's nothing as bouncy here as Picaresque's "Sixteen Military Wives"). It's also a deeper work that resists snap judgments. Some records hit you over the head with their brilliance, others need time to percolate. Time will tell if The Crane Wife is the Decemberists' best album--it's certainly their most ambitious so far. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


CD 1
1. The Crane Wife 3
2. The Island: Come and See/The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Not Feel the Drowning (Medley)
3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
4. O Valencia!
5. The Perfect Crime #2
6. When the War Came
7. Shankill Butchers

CD 2
1. Summersong
2. The Crane Wife 1 & 2
3. Sons & Daughters
4. After the Bombs
5. Culling of the Fold
6. Hurdles Even Here

CD 3
1. The Perfect Crime #1/The Day I Knew You'd Not Come Back (Medley)
2. After the Bombs (Early Take)
3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) [Alternate Take]
4. Culling of the Fold (Alternate Take)
5. Hurdles Even Here (Full Band Take)
6. The Perfect Crime #2 (Early Take)

The Decemberists
Colin Meloy – vocals, guitar, bouzouki, percussion
Chris Funk – guitar, pedal steel, bouzouki, banjo, hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, backing vocals
Jenny Conlee – piano, Wurlitzer, pump organ, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, accordion, glockenspiel, percussion, backing vocals
Nate Query – upright bass, electric bass, cello, percussion, backing vocals
John Moen – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional musicians
Laura Veirs - duet vocal on "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)"
Eyvind Kang - viola, violin
Ezra Holbrook - backing vocals
Christopher Walla - backing vocals, keyboards
Steve Drizos - hand drums



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