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Hot New Album Fridays: The Decemberists make a triumphant return w/ “As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again”

  • June 14, 2024
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Hot New Album Fridays: The Decemberists make a triumphant return w/ “As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again”

The decemberists, as it ever was, so it will be again, indie rock, alternative rock, folk rock
Rating: 9/10 – EXCELLENT Album
With its rich storytelling, diverse musical influences, and impeccable production, As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again stands as one of The Decemberists’ finest works. It’s an essential listen for anyone who values music that offers both narrative depth and musical innovation.

The Decemberists make a triumphant return with their ninth studio album, As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again. Released after a six-year hiatus, this double album is a significant addition to their discography, showcasing their signature storytelling and musical innovation.

The album delves deep into themes of history, destiny, and the cyclical nature of life. Colin Meloy’s lyrics are as literary and evocative as ever, with tracks like “The Reapers” and “America Made Me” exploring existential and socio-political themes. The songs are divided into four thematic sides, providing a comprehensive narrative journey that reflects on past works while pushing into new territories.

Produced by Colin Meloy and Tucker Martine, the album features contributions from notable musicians such as James Mercer of The Shins and Mike Mills of R.E.M. The production is polished, balancing the band’s folk roots with progressive rock influences. The album’s standout track, “Joan in the Garden,” is a 19-minute epic that blends prog-rock elements with a deeply personal and historical narrative inspired by Joan of Arc.

Standout Tracks

“Burial Ground”: Opens the album with a powerful, haunting melody that sets the tone for the thematic exploration to follow.
“The Reapers”: Addresses existential themes with a mix of folk and rock elements, highlighting the band’s ability to blend lyrical depth with musical complexity.
“Joan in the Garden”: A sprawling, 19-minute track that serves as a testament to the band’s ambition and storytelling prowess.

As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again is a masterful album that encapsulates The Decemberists’ evolution over their 22-year career. It is both their longest album to date and arguably their most ambitious, blending old and new influences to create something profoundly resonant and timely. Fans of the band will appreciate the intricate narratives and musical craftsmanship, while new listeners will find much to admire in its accessibility and depth. Check out “Oh No!” Below:

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