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Crane Wife [CD]

The Decemberists Audio CD
4.5 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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Crane Wife + Picaresque + The Hazards Of Love
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B000INAVI0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Summersong 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Crane Wife 1 & 211:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic 8 Oct 2007
By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An eclectic mix of pop, rock and folk that never get boring - at times it comes close to sounding like a long lost Jethro Tull album from the 1970s, somewhere between Thick as a Brick and Minstrel in the Gallery - which can only be a good thing. Song twist and turn through changes of sound and pace to great effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic! 20 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Crane Wife is magnificent album - with complex lyrics and pretty complex sound structure - very similar to mid 70's Jethro Tull. But it's also very fluent and catchy. For example - Summersong and Perfect Crime are wonderful pop tunes and much better songs than many from today's Top 10 singles charts. Triplet The Island, Come And See, The Landlords Daughter (You'll Not Feel The Drowning) is marvelous and it sounds just like forgotten Tull's song from their prog-rock phase. If you still have habit for listening long clever songs with complex structure Crane Wife is album for you. Single Oh, Valencia is nice song, Shankill Butchers one of my favourite songs in last 10 years, same as Yankee Bayonnet with nice vocals. Buy this album and you'll listen it for a long time, again and again...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, but not their best... 2 Feb 2007
By MR87
Format:Audio CD
"The Crane Wife" is, in many ways, a relief to Decemberist fans, in that it's clear that the band haven't dropped their style completely despite a move to a major record label in the US. However, it is clear that there have been some developments in the band's sound and approach, which carries both positive and negative consequences...

The first thing fans will notice about the new album is that the production is much sharper. What is more, the band have begun to broaden their musical outlook with tracks like "The Perfect Crime" and "When The War Came," which sound very different from Picaresque-era Decemberists. It is clear that the Decemberists have incorporated some of the sound they experimented with in their Tain EP into the new album. This isn't a bad move, in many ways, because it's always good to see a band move forward and develop. However, it does mean that the album loses some of that olde-worlde charm that we have come to expect from the band, though it still flairs up on the occasional track ("Shankill Butchers," "Yankee Bayonet"). This means less acoustic, folky, "Eli The Barrow Boy" type numbers, and more tracks with generic indie elements.

The standout tracks on the album are the three parts of "The Crane Wife," which are beautiful, melodic numbers based on a Japanese folk tale; the powerful "The Island" epic in which the band's 'rockier' sound is exhibited; the closing singalong "Sons and Daughters"; and the aforementioned, folky duet "Yankee Bayonet." Colin Meloy's imaginative, intricate lyrics are still present, as are his highly individual vocals. It is good to see the Decemberists have not dropped their emphasis on storytelling, which is one of their biggest appeals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars box of delights 29 July 2009
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stepping towards the epic "hazards of love", here the decemberists venture into longer and more complex music making there's much play with styles, moving on seemingly effortlessly from picaresque to this altogether more complete and dramatic album. there's classical reference, soft and hard metaphor (qv "i drew my pistol, i drew my saber...") musical adventurousness, the usual mix of brandy and death, olde-worlde folk charm and now more brassy rock and rolla tunes as well. It almost feels not as if the decembersits are growing in themselves, but are growing us, the listeners, for something yet more shocking and titanic to come.

then there's golden moments too, summersong is particularly light in touch, poignancy in yankee bayonet, and sad and glorious tragic in the romeo & juliette-esque "o valencia." Then there is some levity in the modern day robbery-disco themed "perfect crime" it's all very mature, and very deft.

my only gripe is certain rhymes and themes (murder/rape/death in childhood) that threaten define the decemberists now seem to recurr a little too often. for example, i now wonder if Colin Meloy ever "walks" anywhere or always "rambles" where he goes. it may be that underpinning all this is that the band's imagination is wearing out, or perhaps this is just striving after perfection: it does seem to get closer each time. as it is, this weakness for affectation is forgivable in the midst of such musical triumph, and can even become endearing, in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When hip and prog colide. 5 July 2007
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I was given this album a couple of months ago by a friend who assured me that The Decemberists were one of the hippest band around at the moment. Having listening to this album and the ep 'The Tain' I became a bit confused. Being a fan of early Genesis, latter-day Marillion, and other such prog outfits I am used to being ridiculed and hit over the head for being terminally uncool. So how come the Decemberists managed to avoid the prog tag and its associations?. Some of the Crane Wife even sounds like Jethro Tull. Are the youth of today really listening to this and deaming it the height of cool?. Personally, its a great result for me as my friends are now looking on me in a entirely different light.

The album itself is, bar a couple of ropey tracks (Perfect crime), a masterpiece. The three Crane Wife tracks are amazing and I particular love the last song 'Sons and Daughters' (How many bands write songs that enable them to rhyme 'Aluminum' and 'cinnamon'?). In reference to my abovementioned comments, special praise is reserved for the prog-fest 'The Island'. It is a total joy and gets better with every listen. Its contains elements of almost every prog dinosaur that ever roamed the earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another High Point of Their Carreer
I think The Crane Wife, while not as strong as the predecessing, Picaresque, is still a five star album. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by JJKelsall
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I was introduced to the Decembrists through The King is Dead which I thought was amazing. I do not rate this album as highly but it is still good.
Published on 8 July 2011 by jean heseltine
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album That Keeps on Giving
This album is still one of my most listened to after three years on my iPod and car stereo.

The complexity of the music and masterful production keep revealing new... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by Bernard Jauregui
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect crane.
Takes a few songs to get going before yanky b
and The perfect crime prove why there one of
the best album bands around. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Darren Lee Clasby
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gem
So often in the world things are a disappointment. This album is not. If you are looking for refreshingly good songwriting,lyricism,power and emotion cleverly put across, get it.
Published on 26 Oct 2007 by Mr. A. Whitemore
5.0 out of 5 stars No adjective describes this album best of the year
This album has everything - folk, rock, prog, pop, singer songwriter - and played to such a high standard. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2007 by John Gallacher
5.0 out of 5 stars My Crane Wife, Sons and Daughters...
With certainly the best opening and ending to any album this year, The Crane Wife stands as a beautiful masterpiece of meliflous euphony. Read more
Published on 2 May 2007 by C. Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars And quietly gets swallowed by a wave
The foregoing reviews neglect to mention that "Summersong" alone is worth the price of the album. "O Valencia" is a great track too and does not sound out of place on... Read more
Published on 7 April 2007 by AlanMusicMan
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
The music industry reviews of this record had been very good, and I decided to invest my hard-earned cash in this CD. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2007 by Nick Sydenham
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