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Album Review

It's fitting that head Decemberist Colin Meloy's first "official" release as a solo artist would be a live album, as the bespectacled auteur has already self-released (in very limited quantities and only available at shows) a collection of Morrissey covers, an EP of Sam Cooke songs, and a set of tunes from British folk legend Shirley Collins. On Colin Meloy Sings Live!, the focus is on the author's own material, touching on everything from the Decemberists catalog and recent unreleased solo material to songs from his first band, Tarkio. Recorded over a span of two weeks in 2006, Meloy strips things down to just acoustic guitar and voice, allowing audiences an atypically arrangement-free peek into the noted bibliophile's vast arsenal of song. Fan favorites like "Engine Driver," "Gymnast, High Above the Ground," and "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect," the latter of which features a nice Fleetwood Mac "Dreams" coda, benefit from the newfound austerity, exposing plenty of previously buried lyrical twists and hidden melodies. That said, Sings Live! is not a landmark album, nor even a superb "live" album, but the sound quality is decent enough (though the "acoustic guitar through the board" is a bit disappointing), and Meloy is a jovial host with his adoring fans, who ultimately this collection of songs was released for.

Customer Reviews


Colin Meloy Sings Live is exactly what one should expect from a genius of a songwriter. What makes this so great is how Colin blends offbeat humor, intellect, wit, and heartfelt lyrics. This live album ranges from new songs and covers to classic Decemberists tracks. If you like great songwriting, this the album for you. It's the tops. The Engine Driver is a notable highlight. However, Dracula's Daughter is worth a listen, simply for its sheer lunacy and simplicity.

By gosh, he's done it

Having been fortunate enough to have seen Colin Meloy in Los Angeles at the Henry Fonda theatre as well as with The Decemberists at the Hollywood Bowl, I have to say that seing him live is an awesome experience. I believe that a true test of an artists' talent lies in being able to perform well live. Mr. Meloy does not disappoint. Witty and touching in his dialogue with a rapt audience, intertwined with some of the best music and lyrics out there can not be compared. This cd is a treasure trove and a must have for any fan.


I was lucky enough to attend Colin Meloy's concert a few nights ago, and bought this album at the show. The songs are beautiful; he writes amazing lyrics and the melodies are lovely. It's awesome to just close my eyes and be back at the show. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who has seen Colin Meloy live, wants to see Colin Meloy live, or just enjoys good music. It's a lot more than just a collection of live songs; it has bits of dialogue included, giving it personality... it makes you feel like part of the lucky audience, like you're at the show.


Genre: Fantasy

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Born in Helena, MT, Colin Meloy has fronted three bands, Happy Cactus, Tarkio, and the Decemberists. His first foray into solo work came in 2005 when he hit the road in support of the six-song EP Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey. He toured again the following year with fellow singer/songwriters Laura Veirs and Amy Annelle, where he hawked another self-released limited-edition EP of covers, this time from the canon of lauded British folk legend Shirley Collins. In 2008 Meloy released his first "official"...
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