Portland, Oregon's freewheeling indie-pop starlets The Decemberists continue their journey towards prog-revivalism with this epic fifth album. Conceptually a narrative musical piece, a rich tapestry of characters, dramatic events and themes is woven throughout this ambitious project. Though the scope is more enlarged than with previous records, singer/songwriter Colin Meloy's folky songs and labyrinthine, literate vocals remain at the forefront. The dramatic framework The Decemberists' ambition provides makes 'The Hazards Of Love' a quirky and rewarding release from this enduring band.
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