The Crane Wife

The Decemberists


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2006, Capitol Records

VINYL FORMAT. Colin Meloy and his brave Decemberists made the unlikely jump to a major label after 2005's excellent Picaresque, a move that surprised both longtime fans and detractors of the band. While it is difficult to imagine the suits at Capitol seeing dollar signs in the eyes of an accordion- and bouzouki-wielding, British folk-inspired collective from Portland, OR, that dresses in period Civil War outfits and has been known to cover Morrissey, it's hard to argue with what the Decemberists have wrought from their bounty. The Crane Wife is loosely based on a Japanese folk tale that concerns a crane, an arrow, a beautiful woman, and a whole lot of clandestine weaving. The record's spirited opener and namesake picks off almost exactly where Picaresque left off, building slowly off a simple folk melody before exploding into some serious Who power chords. This is the first indication that the band itself was ready to take the loosely ornate, reverb-heavy Decemberists sound to a new sonic level, or rather that producers Tucker Martine and Chris Walla were. - AMG

Tracklisting

Disc 1
1 Crane Wife, Pt. 3
2 Island: Come and See/The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Not Feel the ...
3 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
4 O Valencia!
5 Perfect Crime No. 2
6 When the War Came
7 Shankill Butchers
8 Summersong
9 Crane Wife, Pts. 1 & 2
10 Sons & Daughters

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