Thursday, February 3, 2011

The King Is Dead...Or Is He?

It’s Thursday! And on the Love, Love, Love It! blog that means we’re going to talk about muzak (I just decided. Go with it.). AND the music we’re going to talk about today is…The Decemberist’s new album: The King is Dead. Shocker: I love it! But it’s not just me! This album is was number one on the Billboard charts, people. Seriously, I hope this means you’re all sitting at your desks listening to it right now.
Lead singer Colin Meloy is my indie rock boyfriend. This pic makes me want to buy fake hipster
glasses and force JP to wear them.
As far as indie rock bands are concerned, The Decemberists are very well known (so well known, in fact, that true indie rock fans will probably say that they only liked the albums the band released before they were discovered). They’ve even performed on Late Night with Conan and The Colbert Report. Whatever. I still think they’re great, and if you are unfamiliar with the band or even just their latest album, I highly recommend you check out The King is Dead BECAUSE IT IS GREAT.
I fell in © with this band after I heard “July, July!” on my local college radio station.

And I’m not going to lie, even though I’ve remained a steadfast fan, for the past few years their music has gotten a little too art-y for casual listening. Some of the songs were really cool, but they weren’t really something you wanted to play as a soundtrack to your typical workday (my main practice re: music these days).
But it seems like this album really hearkens back to a few years ago when the rhymes were light and each song operated as an individual unit. I think my favorite song on this album is “Rox in the Box”. Even though it reminds me a little of Dr. Seuss, it is catchy and rhymey and great.

So I guess what I'm saying is: Check out this fabulous album immediately if not sooner!

Are you a Decemberists fan? Have I just changed your life forever?!
Props to my amazing friend Matthew for hooking me up with this CD.


  1. Well, if you saw my Song of the Day yesterday, you'll know I like the CD. In my case it's even though I haven't liked much of anything they've done before. So it looks like whether you're a fan or not, it's a CD to get!

  2. I fell in love when I first "Oh! Valencia." We played it all the time at JSU's station. I have this newest album, and while I don't dislike it...I'm not sure what I think yet. In other news: Have you heard the new Iron and Wine yet?