After a two year hiatus, The Decemberists released their seventh LP, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World to wide anticipation. The Oregon band rarely disappoints and their latest release is no exception.
The Decemberists has always played for a literary listener, but it’s openly clear that What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is written for those who are familiar with their past discography; the first song is titled “A Singer Addresses His Audience.” References to previous songs and albums are numerous and varied. The band has deeply limited the number of literary references, and found a kind of middle-ground for themselves: some talented folk rockers with a penchant for lyrical, melodic songs. “Make You Better” is the clear anthem for the album: catchy and lyrical but still at its core a Decemberists song with it’s melancholy undertones. What this album doesn’t fail to do is emote without being over the top.
While I miss the whimsical sound of Castaways and Cutouts and The Crane Wife, I liked this album quite a bit. It has the right amount of gloom while offering sunshine at the same time.
You can find this album for sale on Amazon.