The Decemberists. Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat.
Confession: The only reason that I know the slightest thing about The Decemberists is because several years ago a store clerk, a young man with green hair and heavy facial piercings, recommended Colin Meloy Sings Live! Meloy is the vocalist for The Decemberists. I loved it. Then I drifted onto other things and lost track of the band. So my thanks go out to the folks at WKIT 100.3 – Stephen King’s Rock and Roll Station – for including the latest release from The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, in the stack of CDs for Fresh Music Monday. This is exactly what I needed.
After an informal survey of friends and family, I conclude that for many of us, 2015 has been a piece of work, so to speak, and on the heels of 2014, we need something to ease our worried minds and smooth our ruffled feathers. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World can help. Listening can “make you better.”
For me, The Decemberists sound falls somewhere around acoustic rock and folk and roots and show tunes and shooby, dooby, doo. With enchanting lyrics, sometimes charmingly morose, usually quirky, Meloy’s vocals, and clear harmonies, the music here is soothing and uplifting, finger-tap-able, and full. And I feel smarter after listening. That last statement is not scientifically verifiable, but I don’t care. My brain is happy on The Decemberists, and that is enough for me. Try it.
Check out What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World and all the other releases from The Decemberists and Colin Meloy.
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