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The Decemberists’ ornate, highly literary folk-pop reached peak clarity on The Crane Wife, their first for a major label. Anchored by a song cycle based on an old Japanese folktale, the album (whose other subjects include the Siege of Leningrad and a Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland) is a wildly ambitious undertaking, more indebted to Jethro Tull than indie rock, peppered by bouzouki and hurdy-gurdy and other obscure, alluring sounds that helped foster the band’s deserved cult audience.

Customer Reviews


The right music for many moods. Always a lift.

My Soul

This album is my soul. It is such a perfect fit of different moods and stories that are portrayed in such a wonderful way. "Sons and Daughters" definitely stands out among these songs and is so beautifully sung. This whole album just makes me feel completed!

A trip to heaven

this album is amazing!! i want this to be played while i go to heaven!


Formed: 2000 in Portland, OR

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, the Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper-literate pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. The band's initial lineup also included drummer Ezra Holbrook, bassist Nate Query, keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk. Frontman Meloy had previously devoted some time to an alternative country group before...
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