The Decemberists

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Average User Rating 8.78
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Decemberist Rule Live
Venue/Date: Paramount Theatre (Seattle, WA)
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May 4th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.78

The Decemberists bring on the show at the Paramount

By Joanna Horowitz
Special to The Seattle Times

Friday night at the Paramount, Seattle

Good stories, like the Decemberists are apt to tell in song, sometimes require listeners to stick with the journey to get to the good stuff.

Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy promised the packed and screaming crowd at the Paramount Friday night a heck of a show as redemption for the band's "under the weather" concert last time it was in town. But it wasn't until the epic, no-holds-barred finale that the Portland quintet really made good on its word.

The band played songs primarily from its new release "The Crane Wife," a record that shows a more subtle side of the folky indie-rock group. It opened with the album's most sprawling cuts: "Crane Wife 1&2" and "3" and "The Island." Six weeks on the road has polished these pieces to an impeccable gleam. But the rises and dips of the songs, echoed in the band's multi-instrument dexterity, lacked spontaneity.

Sometimes, like a father whose children are asking for the same story yet again, Meloy appeared to be merely reciting his dramatic, erudite lyrics. But then would come a chilling murmur of "The Shankill Butchers want to catch you," and Meloy his earnest voice in top form sounded like he was capturing the moment for the first time
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