For the love songs, then, The Hazards of Love puts on some Nashville twang. Pedal steel cries alongside swaying accordion on "Isn't it a Lovely Night? I can take the undead children chanting on "The Hazards of Love 3 Revenge! Enough happens musically on The Hazards of Love that I can still see it being fun for fans in a live setting, especially if you know the lyrics.
On disc, though, it's largely missing the catchy choruses and verisimilar emotions that previously served as ballast for the Decemberists' gaudy eccentricities. As a turn toward metal, The Tain EP's smaller portion was more satisfying-- although, as mid-career change-ups go, this is still a fair piece more enjoyable than something like MMJ's Evil Urges.
A friend of Bobby McGee's once called that feeling freedom, and it only took a four-and-a-half-minute song. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open share drawer. Yet they dared to do something wholly unique — create a folk-rock opera about shapeshifters, forest queens, and rapists. I still remember the act of listening to a record; sitting in my room, at my desk under my loft-bed, and doing nothing but listening , because this is an album that truly demands it.
I loved the lyrical continuity and the use of heavy-metal leitmotifs to demarcate characters. If nothing, the album is worthwhile for these alone. Too many times have I heard people tell new Decemberists fans to ignore The Hazards of Love completely and only regard it as a curiosity.
Even the guest vocalists, Shara Worden and Becky Stark, are terrific Worden especially so , and catch a weird amount of flak just for appearing on the album. You must be logged in to post a comment. Retrieved December 23, The Guardian. Retrieved April 3, Top40 Charts. January 16, March 22, Archived from the original on December 12, MTV News. Retrieved December 13, March 11, Retrieved July 8, The McGill Daily.
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