Album Review: The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love

April 6, 2009

Artist: The Decemberists

Album: The Hazards of Love

Released: 2009

Reviewer: Jake Sieve


Since their last release nearly three years ago, the Decemberists have created yet another twisted story, filled with danger and adventure. Released as a concept album, The Hazards of Love tells the sweet and bizarre tale of a young maiden impregnated by a shape-shifting beast, who might someday become her husband. The Hazards of Love explores a new territory with heavy metal guitar riffs while also staying true to their folk rock roots.  In A Bower Scene, guitarist Chris Funk dabbles with a slamming guitar reminiscent of Jack White’s Icky Thump.  To add depth and character to the album, the raspy tones of Shara Worden in “The Queen’s Rebuke/The Crossing” are soulful and soaring.  Yet again, Colin Meloy’s narrative draws the listener into a story filled with uncertainty and passion.  The Hazards of Love works as a wonderfully creative concept album, and rekindles the lost art form that is storytelling in song.

Rating: (♦♦♦♦)

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One Response to “Album Review: The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love”

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