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.