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Her Majesty The Decemberists [CD]

The Decemberists Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 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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Her Majesty The Decemberists + Castaways And Cutouts + Picaresque
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B0000BWVMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Shanty for the Arethusa 5:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Billy Liar 4:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Los Angeles, I'm Yours 4:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Gymnast, High Above the Ground 7:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Bachelor and the Bride 4:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Song for Myla Goldberg 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Soldiering Life 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Red Right Ankle 3:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Chimbley Sweep 2:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Was Meant For the Stage 7:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. As I Rise 2:140.89  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Hit and Miss, But Mostly A Hit. 19 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've always found Her Majesty to be a bit lacking, especially in comparison to the following Picaresque and the preceding Castaways and Cutouts. It does however, contain some classic songs and has a more upbeat sound that its predecessor. However, there are just some songs that for whatever reason, never struck me in the way that songs on other albums did.

Shanty For The Arethusa is an eiree, atmospheric opener utilising the sounds of creaking floorboards and a scream. It is a pirate-like anthem and a good opener. Billy Liar is a contrast to the dark opener, with its upbeat melody and quirky la, da, da's at the end. It is the third track however, that lets the album down. Los Angeles, I'm Yours isn't terrible, others might even like it, but I find it to be musically dull in comparison to the other tracks.

Things look up with The Gymnast, High Above The Ground, a long, but stunning ballad with a memorable outro that alone will keep you returning to this track. It is followed by The Bachelor and The Bride, a song carried by some dark, but wonderful lyrics that gives a great story. Again there is a slight downturn after two good tracks. The Song For Myla Goldberg has grown on me, but I find it a little too cheesy for my tastes. Luckily, we have the excellent, Soldiering Life, the beautiful, Red Right Ankle and another dark tale in The Chimbeny Sweep.

The final two tracks a are also great. I Was Meant For The Stage has a slow build up leading into a violent creshendo of noise, which leads us into the simple, yet merry little ditty, As I Rise. It is by no means a standout track, but a wonderful, short end to a great record.

And so, you can tell that this is by no means a failure of a record.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Pop at its Best 16 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've heard The Decemberists compared to Belle & Sebastian, and although I'm sure B&S fans would enjoy this album, I don't think the comparison really does The Decemberists justice.
Belle & Sebastian stick to songs about the ironies and awkwardness of growing up in modern Britain, whereas The Decemberists sing about the fragility and turmoil of life in the 19th Century. The music isn't ironic either, it's sincere, and you can't help but be drawn into their world.
There's certainly a vast number of good, even great, indie pop bands around at the moment (Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, Neutral Milk Hotel), but I think the Decemberists are in a class of their own, if only because they stick to and enjoy their subject matter so devotedly. I don't think there's a song on the album which doesn't feature the trademark organ.
I highly recommend 'Castaways and Cutouts', their first album, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not their very best... 18 Jan 2014
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Not their strongest album, but still well worth having for any fans of the band. Personal favourite tracks Los Angeles I'm Yours, and The Bachelor and the Bride
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