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My Crane Wife, Sons and Daughters...,
This review is from: Crane Wife (Audio CD)
With certainly the best opening and ending to any album this year, The Crane Wife stands as a beautiful masterpiece of meliflous euphony. Twenty seconds into the album I realised that this was going to be an immense work of wondor. The album opens, slightly bizzarely with 'The Crane Wife 3' (1 and 2 being found later in the album) which is the perfect example of accoustic singer-songwriter brilliance. A song that should be remembered like we remember Don Mclean's 'American Pie'. However, it's simplistic, accoustic guitar approach soon evolves, by track two, the 12 minute long 'Island' we hear progressively more sounds; drums, accordians, upright-basses and more guitars: electric and accoustic, as well as the melodic sounds of the other singers, namely Jenny Connly.
The album then moves into wondorously catchy songs like 'O Valencia' and the mysterious and intriguing 'Perfect Crime #2'. Something also has to be said for the lyrical brilliance of 'Summersong', an almost-accordian-led tune that echoes sounds from The Small Faces and even The Beatles.
The album then finishes the story by tantilising the listener with 'Crane Wife 1+2' bringing the album full circle. Then, just when you thought it was all over and you get ready to play it all again, The Decemberists encore with the harmonious and epic 'Sons and Daughters', the perfect festival anthem that begs to played loudly with hoardes of people singing along (it went down well around the campfire too).
Overall this is one of those rare albums that simply works. No track doesn't belong, no sound misplaced or lyric left hanging. I'd never heard of this fantastic band, but got this album off the back of a few reviews and it was the greatest gamble I ever made. So I beg you, even if you've never heard of them, take a risk, purchase this epic, harmonious album.
If I can do it, so can you...