I hope you enjoyed the interview (and mixtape) half as much as I enjoyed conducting it… I also hope everyone had as lovely a weekend as I did as the Decemberists latest masterpiece, Hazards Of Love, finally finally finally found it’s way on the internet and into my ears, hear, & soul…
I pre-ordered the vinyl last week, and then waited. Each day waited. Trying not to get my expectations and hopes up to high, not to set them up to fail in my own ears, to be my worse enemy. Obviously we love, love, love The Crane Wife, “Tsuru” comes from it after all. In a silly effort to “encourage” the fates to leak this album, I wore my Decemberists shirt, the one I got when I asked TsuruBride to marry me, before we headed out to the most beautiful concert ever, and got our commemorative shirts… I wore it all day and well into the night as we danced to some old skewl hip-hop at Get Right… Got up and ran some errands in the morning, came home and there she was…. The Hazards Of Love.
*happy happy happy, joy joy joy*
Warning, this is going to be the worse “review” ever written, because when I burned it and loaded it on the house stereo, loud. Wow. Went cycling with baby, came back, played it again… and again, and again, put on my headphones to set up for a photoshoot, and played it again. Honestly, I don’t know what to say. It’s just one giant song/play/album/story/book/novel/movie/etc. It weaves in and out from classic Decemberists to prog to metal to a children’s choir to just beauty and more beauty. It’s The Crane Wife meets The Wall!
I listened again. Took a break, and listened again. I’m just, well fuck, just flabbergasted, amazed, enthralled, and giddy all in one ball of emotion. They’ve done what you aren’t supposed to do anymore in this iTunes/Hype Machine culture and made a goddamn rock opera. There are no “singles”, because a single would be like getting chapter 5 in some fucking novel, and what good is that? Each song is attached to the next, you just watch with your ears, mesmerized at the story Meloy and crew are telling.
I can’t wait to spend many more hours with this album, “re-reading” it over and over, until I get my records, then reading it all over again! Can you tell I like it? Next up, the concert on 6/1. I’ll be there, with baby and a giant stupid cheese-eating grin on my face. Thank you D’s, fan-fucking-tastic, see you in June.
Okay, what follows is the first four songs, scenes, chapters, whatever. Just listen, get the taste, then go get this for yourself and revel. Man, so happy.
The Decemberists – 01 Prelude
The Decemberists – 02 The Hazards Of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle The Thistles Undone)
The Decemberists – 03 A Bower Scene
The Decemberists – 04 Won’t Want For Love (Margaret in the Taiga)