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The Decemberists, The Crane Wife

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1532256

Disk length: 60m 34s (10 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2006

Label: Unknown

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Tracks & Durations

1. The Crane Wife #3 4:20
2. The Island: Come & See /The Landlord's Daughter12:28
3. Yankee Bayonet ( I Will Be Home Then) 4:20
4. O Valenci 3:49
5. The Perfect Crime #2 5:34
6. When The War Came 5:08
7. Shankill Butchers 4:41
8. Summersong 3:33
9. The Crane Wife 1 & 211:21
10. Sons & Daughters 5:12

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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

Other Versions

Albums are mined from the various public resources and can be actually the same but different in the tracks length only. We are keeping all versions now.

The Crane Wife

Tracks: 10, Disk length: 60m 35s (+0m 1s)

The Crane Wife

Tracks: 10, Disk length: 60m 22s (-1m 48s)

The Crane Wife

Tracks: 10, Disk length: 60m 17s (-1m 43s)

The Crane Wife

Tracks: 10, Disk length: 60m 17s (-1m 43s)

The Crane Wife

Tracks: 11 (+1 tracks), Disk length: 1h 5m 41s (+5m 7s)

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