Thursday, November 19, 2009

My 25 Favorite Artists of the 2000s - #17

#17 - The Decemberists

The Decemberists are easily the nerdiest band that I've ever heard. With their epic songs about life on the high seas, their album length rock operas, and the lyric sheet that requires either an Ivy League vocabulary or the largest dictionary known to man to decipher, The Decemberists were truly one of the unique entities of the decade. Inspired largely by the much-beloved 90s band Neutral Milk Hotel, each Decemberists track is like a novella that requires multiple careful listenings before the true emotional impact of the story sinks in....but once it does, the stories that singer/songwriter Colin Meloy tells are simply amazing.

My Favorite Albums:
1. Picaresque (2005)
2. Castaways and Cutouts (2002)
3. The Hazards of Love (2009)
4. Her Majesty....The Decemberists (2003)
5. 5 Songs (2001)
6. The Crane Wife (2006)

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