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Castaways And Cutouts Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B00008XS4D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 14 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Probably the greatest progressive-rock band that never was, The Decemberists stretch simple pop songs into five-minute plus mini-symphonies, write concept albums about trains and the allure of the sea, and have visual allusions to their wordy lyrics littered throughout their highly-stylised record sleeves. The music however, is far from prog, drawing on the combined influence of rustic, lo-fi Americana and fey British indie, to create a rich and rewarding piece of work that manages to perfectly juggle the more flamboyant and theatrical inflections, with a heavy-dosage of pure-pop sophistication.
This is possibly my favourite Decemberists' album thus far, and is much better than the very good, but overly-serious Arcade Fire, falling somewhere between their style of Neutral Milk Hotel-inspired psychedelic folk-prog, and the more quaint and quiet style of bands like Belle & Sebastian, The Field Mice and that great "folksy" Bright Eyes album from earlier this year. The songwriting is just terrific (easily as great as those bands listed above), with chief songwriter Colin Meloy crafting ten-tall tales about architects, puppeteers, legionnaires, farmhands and fishermen, all backed by delicate melodies, robust production and a nice burst of cabaret-influenced theatricality. The best songs, if we can pick through the continuing excellence that runs from track one through to track ten, offer little snapshots of characters and places, with the musical arrangements and use of instrumentation often working alongside the lyrics to help suggest a certain time and place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Pearson on 4 Sept. 2009
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Only recently found out about this band. Have since become a huge fan of their eclectic music , mixing folk / indie / country / rock / prog into their own unique sound.

This is the fourth record I have purchased of theirs and this is upto the high standard of the others. It does not disappoint.

It is more gentle than some of the later offerings, with more slow-tempo, acoustic numbers. All good stuff though.

Again highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2012
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This is an excellent debut album from The Decemberists. The group use folk melodies a accompanied with a storytelling style to produce an album of deceptively simple sounding music that weaves deep and dark tales of tragedy. It's very dark in tone, with tales of terrible deeds backed by some understated but great musicianship. It's a very assured debut album, put together with a great deal of confidence and skill. The Decemberists have come to own the genre of Americana folk in recent years, and this album shows that they were pretty much fully formed from the off.

A very good album from a group who have somehow managed to get better. 4 stars.
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By JJKelsall on 19 July 2012
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Castaways and Cutouts is up there with the best albums by this band, although it is sadly overlooked with regards to their later, more commercial successes, Picaresque, The Crane Wife and The King Is Dead. And while those are good records, I think this is the album where Meloy's storytelling powers are really at their heights.

The overall sound of the album is quite bleak, though the stories are filled with varying vibrancy and beauty. I can really picture the events of each song as I listen to them. Leslie Ann Levine, the record's opener, is a wonderfully dark tale of a ghostly infant and one of my favourates. I really like the accordian. The following, Here I dreamt I was An Architect maintains the strong lyrics, but it is the excellent rythm section which really carries this song. July July is a nice breath of fresh air musically, while the lyrics here reach their darkest point yet, but it is a fun and accessable song.

Things take an even darker turn with the accordian heavy Cautionary Song, which is really carried by a great story which is both disturbing, yet fun to listen to. The following Odalisque has a similar topic to the Cautionary Tale, with a soft opening that slowly develops into rock as the track progresses. This for me is the most aggressive and dark track on the record, also one of my favourites.

Cocoon follows, and it is a much softer and delicate both lyric and music wise. This track drags a little too long for my liking and is probably the weakest song on the album. The next track Grace Cathedrel Hill is equally soft, but it is done much better and the description of the settings is beautiful. After this, the album picks up with the most upbeat sounding song The Leigionnare's Lament.
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