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The Hazards of Love?

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Grey Manrod
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It's definitely.............different. Quite different from their other stuff.

On the one hand, it's interesting. On the other hand, it strikes me as over-serious. No fun is too be had on this album. And is it possible to make an unpretentious "rock opera?" Musically, it's quite a departure for them. Think the Decemberists doing metal. It's pretty good, but metal-wise, it's been done and probably better. This is by far their least folky recording.

On the other hand, fantastic story-telling as always. A sample:

I had entered into a marriage
In the summer of my twenty-first year
And the bells rang for our wedding
Only now do I remember it clear
Alright, alright, alright

No more a rake and no more a bachelor
I was wedded and it whetted my thirst
Until her womb start spilling out babies
Only then did I reckon my curse
Alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright

First came Eziah with his crinkled little fingers
Then came Charlotte and that wretched girl Dawn
Ugly Myfanwy died on delivery
Mercifully taking her mother along
Alright, alright, alright

What can one do when one is widower
Shamefully saddled with three little pests
All that I wanted was the freedom of a new life
So my burden I began to divest
Alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright

Charlotte I buried after feeding her foxglove
Dawn was easy, she was drowned in the bath
Eziah fought but was easily bested
Burned his body for incurring my wrath
Alright, alright, alright

And that's how I came your humble narrator
To be living so easy and free
Expect you think that I should be haunted
But it never really bothers me
Alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright
 

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Aw, crap

I think I'ma hafta go out and buy this sucker.

I don't even know where a new music-type store near my new place is...
 

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Grey Manrod
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Right now, it's iTunes only. Otherwise, you have to wait until next week.

However, npr is broadcasting a live performance of the album at SXSW tonight (or at least, I think it is tonight; the dates/times are slightly cofusing). Opening act is the Avett Bros, so double bonus!
 

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do they whistle? If Andrew Bird's album was a 7 and GNR Patience was a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 where would the Decemberists rate?

//i listen to sweet hippy jams too, not just vintage country and electronica

///"Sleepless" sounds like James Taylor if he were castrated. Good music to count sheep to i guess.

////I kinda like the rake's song, it woke me up from the slumber the rest of their music was putting me into.
 

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No I am not. Thanks for asking.
 

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i liike the EP series...but i prolly won't get this one til it's out on the vinyl or the compact disc....
 
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