michael gallucci


In album review on 10/13/2011 at 11:05 am

The Decemberists

Long Live the King


This six-song EP of leftovers from The King Is Dead sessions adds almost another half hour to the Decemberists’ most successful and accessible album. And like the full-length, which came out earlier this year, the tracks on Long Live the King play around with more traditional song structures and styles than those found on the five albums that came before The King Is Dead. “E. Watson” is a wordy acoustic number in which Colin Meloy revisits the nautical themes of his past. “Foregone” features a twangy steel guitar. And the horn-blasting “Sonnet” is the loosest they’ve ever sounded on record. Best is “Burying Davy,” a long and winding narrative that recalls the Decemberists before their pre-NPR-approved days, when Meloy had epic death-obsessed sea shanties on his mind. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: