As Seen On Andrew Clayton Music:
For those of you who listened to 'The Hazards of Love' Album (2009), it is a departure from the epic song cycle, but even so, this new album really has a lot of heart and moves pass their older albums. The evolution of the group has really brought out some of the best stuff I have heard in a while.
Its choice of opening song, "Don't Carry It All" gives a real atmosphere and energy to the album, which also introduces the harmonica and fiddle as featured instruments for the band and gives a very Petty/Springsteen/Young sound to the group, which, if you ask me, is pretty awesome. It is acoustic heavy, which is always great to me, and the added help of Gillian Welch on harmonies gives the much lighter album and full and rich sound. Don't be afraid though, songs like, "Why We Fight" and "Dear Avery" still have the sound and feel that early Decemberists fans will recognize.
The single off the album, "Down By The River" performed live on Conan.
"Rise To Me" being performed live. It is a really pretty country-ish ballad.
My favorites off the Album are:
"Don't Carry It All"
"Rox In The Box"
"Down By The River"