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Long Live the King

The DecemberistsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Life as a musician means continual evolution. Over the course of a career, any band worth paying attention to will pursue a sound, a direction, until it triggers a different idea and they’re chasing some other distant dream. With their sixth album, The King Is Dead, The Decemberists illustrate the power that comes from this kind of creative call-and-response.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 EP from the Alt-Rock heroes. As a fitting bookend to the most successful year of the band's career, The Decemberists release Long Live The King. Similar to the critically acclaimed, chart-topping bow The King Is Dead, the EP is a mostly-acoustic set of six Americana-based songs, recorded around the same time as The King Is Dead, and including their stunning cover of the Grateful Dead track 'Row Jimmy.' The EP was produced once again by Tucker Martine.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion for The King is Dead November 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you are already under the spell of the Decemberists wonderful "The King is Dead", then this EP is reason to rejoice--6 songs that were acoustically recorded during the same time period as that album. That says a lot, but please understand that there is nothing "left-over" or "scrapped" from these tunes. These songs could easily have been included on the album, and I'm not sure why they weren't, but whatever the reason, they make a very cohesive set. "E. Watson", the first track, reminds us all of what the Decemberists do best--showcase Colin Meloy's plaintive vocals against a tight, richly harmonic background, instrumentation paying homage to traditional folk while never sounding less than modern. When the intensity of his vocal rises at the end of the song to what can only be termed a howl, chills broke out on my arms and I was completely under his spell. "Forgone" is a warmer, more melodic steel guitar fueled affair that was a welcome contrast. "Burying Davy," one of the highlights of the affair, picks up thematically where E. Watson left off, laying someone into the ground, but if anything is more satisfying. It makes me appreciate the happier sounding "Foregone" all the more between them. I4U&U4Me is a perfectly enjoyable shuffle, although it cannot compete with Burying Davy or the wonderfully laid back cover of the Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy", which should not be missed by either Dead fans or the Decemberists. "Sonnet" ends the set up with an acoustic sweetness--with surprise horn section--that somehow manages to tie the whole project together.

This is a very satisfying set, and could easily be heard in conjunction with The King is Dead, but honestly is just wonderful on its own. It is keeping my yearning for new Decemberists satisfied. If only there were more!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Coda for 'The King Is Dead' November 1, 2011
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This disc reminds me a bit of the "Picaresquities" e.p. It's a nice conclusion to this period of The Decemberist's career, as Colin Meloy has said they are poised to take a muti-year hiatus. Being that their sound changes from album to album I wouldn't expect this laid-back country sound to return.

"E. Watson" and "Foregone" are the highlights for me, while "Burying Davy" should have been on "TKID". If you enjoyed the previous record, you'll like this one, even if Gillian Welch isn't there to provide the amazing backing vocals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Encore November 29, 2011
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In May 2001, Jenny Conlee, the unbelievably talented multi-instrumentalist for The Decemberists, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although it appears the cancer is now in remission, it may be a little while before The Decemberists can head back into the studio for their follow-up to "The King is Dead," their sixth studio album which was released early this year. To keep their fans occupied, "Long Live the King" is a six track EP that features additional recordings from the sessions that produced "The King is Dead."

As is the case with many Decemberists tracks, "E. Watson," the tune that opens "Long Live the King" tells a story through song led by Colin Meloy's perfected British accent. No, Meloy is not British, but the accent has proved effective for the singing of sea shanties and folk tales over the past decade by the Portland, Oregon native. "E. Watson" tells the story of Edgar Watson, a sugar cane plantation owner in southern Florida during the early 20th century. Although the tale may not be 100 percent truth, it is a story of revenge told by those burying him face down in a grave. Following the generally upbeat nature of "The King is Dead," it's no wonder "E. Watson" never made the cut, but the acoustically driven single is reminiscent of The Decemberists' early years and will delight longtime fans.

"Foregone" follows "E. Watson" with a similar sound to much of "The King is Dead." Acoustic guitar balanced by slide guitar gives the track a country twang which is pleasant to listen to, but with very little additional instrumentation, it falls flat when compared to most of The Decemberists' material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff January 7, 2012
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I'm a 67 year old musician and cut my teeth in the folk music wave of the 60's and the transition into electric music. I call this contenporay folk music. It is the music of our time. It's great to see music evolve back to having something to SAY. I believe the Decemberists are right at the top of this new wave of musical consciousness. Wonderful blend of instruments and styles, supporting interesting vocal work and unique melodies. No song better than another. They're all great. Great Stuff. The musical prophets have been quiet for a long time. Now, open up your ears, they speaking again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not all about Watson, FYI September 22, 2014
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For whoever cares: Peter Mattheissen wrote an amazing trilogy of novels about the man from the first track of this record. Edgar Watson was from the Carolinas and became respected for his rough-and-ready ways. He was an able farmer, a quick draw in a gunfight, handsome (naturally), proliferate, and a pioneer of the Florida swamps for capitalist industry. Matthiessen's trilogy was boiled down to a single volume in the National Book Award-winning "Shadow Country" and is highly recommended.

As for this little EP, I actually bought it because I thought all of the songs would be about Watson. It turns out that only one track is (evidently) about it. That was disappointing. As for the rest of the music, it was moderately good. I would not have bought it had I realized it was not solely about the Watson Legend made literarily famous by Matthiessen.

The singer also looks just like Ben Gibbard. They are good friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fine product
Published 7 days ago by Pablo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Is the Decemberists it can only be great
Published 1 month ago by Keith Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album - Love the sound of The Decemberists
Love the sound of The Decemberists. Saw them years ago on a late night show and buy all their albums ever since. The lyrics are 'unusual' for sure...
Published 1 month ago by Anouschka Fiedler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - buy this one.
Great set of songs and interesting music. If you like folk rock, you'll love this. Super recording. Did I say great? This is one of my favorite recent music purchases. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BigBear
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
Love the Decemberists. Very melancholy but inspirational at the same time. We love music that is from the heart and this is it.
Published 8 months ago by Katina V.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This is what music is supposed to do to you...take you on a journey. When you finish listening to something and you have chills and the only thing you can say is wow... Read more
Published 14 months ago by big electric cat
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like they know what I love and want me to be happy!
I love the whole album- The King is Dead. This is just more of the same and I couldn't be happier about it! If you liked that album, you are guaranteed to love this as well.
Published 16 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Decemberists
I love the band and I love their music. This album is a bit short, but if you love the Decemberists' sound, you will enjoy it.
Published 20 months ago by Eleni Sakellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for December
Love the Decemberist. Very unique style and always pleasant to listen. All year round music, not just for december. Not a five star because it is only 6 songs. LOL
Published 20 months ago by O. M. guilamo-bonilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This was a departure for the Decemberists. As a long-standing fan, I adore their earlier CDs, with ballads and sagas and ornate music. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Avid Reader
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