Album Review: The Decemberists
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

  • Posted by: Don Saas

Portland art rockers the Decemberists have a well-earned reputation as being the home of folk rock's hyperliterate elite. With Colin Meloy's love of nautical wordplay and a vocabulary that busts the SAT's grading scale, it takes a certain type of mindset to appreciate their often esoteric themes and lyrics. Early 2011 saw the release of the group's last full-length, the always fun The King Is Dead. Leave it to the dawning of spring to see the first concert album in the band's history, We All Raise Our Voices to the Air, and while it may not sway any who remain skeptics of the band's literary ambitions, for all true Decemberists fans, it is a pure delight.

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