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The Hazards Of Love

23 Mar 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 Mar 2009
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Copyright: 2009 Rough Trade Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 58:37
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  • ASIN: B001VS7T7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,126 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonymous on 21 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's nice to read so many positive reviews for this album, particularly those from fans of the first generation of prog-rock fans. The Decemberists certainly seem to have hit the right notes for many with this one. For myself, my first taste of their music was the wonderful Picaresque, which was one of those really special finds that put me in a spin for weeks, just brilliant. Hearing Castaways And Cutouts, after that, was a none-event, unfortunately.

So now I own a copy of The Hazards Of Love, and concur with the masses that this is one audacious album. The music is bright and adventurous, drawing noteably from classic prog-rock, British folk-rock, Americana, the blues, and a hint of early music, throughout the telling of one rather dark tale. If this storyline were made into a film or book you can be sure I'd steer clear, but it is curious that such subject-matter in song-form, at least in the capable hands of folks like The Decemberists, doesn't leave me disturbed and regretting the encounter. There is plenty of light and space here and it is overall much more dignified (in a good way) than you might expect.

I have no problem with Colin Meloy's singing (though my wife did at first), I'm actually reminded of Robin Williamson (Incredible String Band), and it is perfect for these songs. Also akin to Robin Williamson, Colin Meloy is like a magpie collecting curios and decorating a nest, all sorts of shiny fragments that don't really go together in normalville but together in this setting are beautiful. Joining Colin are Sharon Worden - who sings with suitable power, malevolence and contempt as the Queen character - and Becky Stark, singing as Margaret, whose voice is soft and lovely and goes well with Colin's voice, particularly on the charming Isn't It A Lovely Night?.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Wainwright on 28 Mar 2009
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Well...what do you say eh? Despite perhaps others attempts at diminishing this latest epic as pretentious, pomp, meaningless folk/prog/rock ish, I am blown away - as usual!
Lyrically this is unsurpassed - just sit and listen! I love words - I really do! This is poetry and storytelling at it's best, all crafted within a cocoon of gorgeous music. Having discovered the Decemberists a few years ago I have listened with curiosity and growing admiration. The Crane Wife was lovely, haunting, painful to listen to at times but always wonderful. The Hazards of Love is .....probably the best recording of it's genre - is there a genre that encapsulates these guys? I don't know! Anyway vocally with the guest appearances (Shara Worden in particular) this album is beautiful, just beautiful. I don't know of another band that can just do this sort of thing. They are an unlikely bunch... just look at their photos.... but for me (and I know it's always personal with music - it HAS to be) this is a classic. Thanks guys - more of the 'same' - but oh so different. Lovely lovely lovely. Colin Meloy is a genuinely genius songwriter. This a a genuinely genius album.
Try it, don't be deterred by what you may read, get in there, close your eyes and let yourself be sucked in, seduced and sensualised! It's just good good music!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sennytor on 19 April 2009
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I had read a few reviews of this release and was a bit skeptical of some of the extravagant claims- but having heard it, it is THE album all Decemberists fans have been waiting for - a fully developed concept album and quite superb with it. My only complaint is I wish it had been a double cd.
A masterpiece from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Beard on 28 April 2009
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As with the previous Decemberists albums, this is a well-crafted, imaginative and vivid album. I love the fact that The Decemberists have such a distinctive sound, and yet each album is quite different from the last. All the ingredients are present here - stories, some good rocking parts, fun and menace. It stand up to plenty of listens as well. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WOODY on 22 April 2009
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Hazards of love is getting fave reviews across the board and I can only add to that by giving it 5 starts.
A concept album but that shouldn't put you off. The album winds a thoroughly enjoyable course through the 'Hazards' and takes in a variety of musical styles but never loses sight of a decent tune.
Definately an album for your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David R. Grant on 15 April 2009
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This is a hard album to review because it is very dense, and requires a number of active listening sessions to fully appreciate. I have followed The Decemberists for years now, and I find it thrilling that even after they sign to a major record label they continue to buck the conventions of modern pop music (unlike say, Death Cab for Cutie, who have lost some of their indie rock edge). The Crane Wife was a very ambitious project, and I love that album, but that album is no where near the sheer scope of The Hazards of Love. Hazards is an album that is meant to be played from beginning to end as it conveys a constant and consistent idea. Think The Tain, just much longer, and much more ambitious.

But what really shocks me is that a major record company can release an album with no real radio friendly singles. The only track that comes close is 'The Rake's Song', and the lyrics to that song are too dark and morbid for it to get any real air time. But don't misunderstand, I love the fact that one of my favorite bands continues to evolve and challenge how we think about the concept of the 'concept album'.

If you are a long time fan, then there is a huge chance that you will like this. Honestly though, if you have never heard an entire Decemberists album before, then this may prove a struggle as a first album, but that should not discourage anyone, this truly is a great album. I would recommend this fully to anybody who has an open mind toward music.

I for one love it, as I love all of The Decemberist albums. I could be biased, but I would encourage anyone reading this to at least give it a full listen while relaxing with a glass of wine.
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