The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
So, I've been mulling over this post for a couple of weeks, ever since I bought the new Decemberists album, “The Hazards of Love”. I suppose you could label it something of an "indie rock opera". But, after a couple of weeks with it, I personally would label it "The Best Album of 2009". The plot is a bit bizarre, about a woman Margaret, her forest-spirit lover William, the Queen of the forest, and a murderous rake, and it's a bit of a far-out story. The idea of having an album that isn't just a collection of ...read more
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
So, I picked up a copy of Andrew Bird's new album Noble Beast today. Yes, I know that today is January 18th and it's not released until January 20th. That's why this post isn't going to be published for two days.
Anyhow, the album is excellent. Everything you know and love from Bird's previous releases is here, but more polished. Some things that I thought particularly stood out:
- The instrumental beginning of Effigy. And the double-stopping soloing in the middle. Really, the whole song.
- Unfolding Fans. Makes me think of Brian Wilson, but in a ...