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Long Live the King

The DecemberistsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 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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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B005ISRAIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,838 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
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect complement to The King is Dead November 3, 2011
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If you liked The King is Dead, or are a Decemberists fan at all, you'll enjoy this album. It's as simple as that. These are all songs that could have easily been included on the main album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great - buy this one. February 28, 2014
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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. Great Great Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! February 3, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Love the Decemberists. Very melancholy but inspirational at the same time. We love music that is from the heart and this is it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 days ago by Anouschka Fiedler
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 13 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 15 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 19 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 19 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 22 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but short album
Great album. E. Watson and Burying Davy are my favorite tracks. I4U & U4ME is the only track not great in my opinion. And its only an EP for those of you not aware already.
Published 23 months ago by RunninPig
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tracks
Great companion EP to the fantastic The King is Dead album. Fun B-Sides and an awesome Greatful Dead cover. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Eric Rexford
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK.
I think this "sequal" to The King is Dead was rushed to market to take advantage of the success of that album. It is not bad, but only a few tunes and, IMO, only OK.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Art Vandalay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Microcosm of the Decemberists Discography.
Long Live the King is a great little extra that is certainly going to help me get through the next few years without a new album. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Eric
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