The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

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What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World is the seventh studio album by American indie rock band The Decemberists, released in January 2015 via Capitol & Rough Trade Records.

The Decemberists belatedly embraced their indie pop sensibilities on 2011's The King Is Dead, and were rewarded with a number one chart placing and the group's greatest commercial success to date, leading some to wonder if Colin Meloy and his bandmates were going to go for more hooks or return to the more ornate sound of their earlier work now that they had a large audience waiting for the follow-up.

As it turns out, on What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World they manage to have it both ways. If anything, many of these songs are brighter and hookier, but if this is pop, it's pop that's keenly intelligent, melodically adventurous, obsessively literate, and perfectly willing to explore sadness and disappointment rather than just the upbeat moods that are expected to accompany catchy melodies.

The melodies on "Lake Song" and "Till The Water Is All Long Gone" may be more streamlined than you'd hear on earlier albums, but the arrangements are richly detailed, playing on the dynamics of Chris Funk's guitars, Jenny Conlee's keyboards and accordions, and John Moen's percussion, and the group takes much pleasure in the dour beauty of its melodies.

The band also embraces its upbeat side on this album with numbers like "The Wrong Year" and "Philomena" (the latter pondering teenage lust as only The Decemberists can), and the opening track, "The Singer Addresses His Audience", is a witty but cutting meditation on the notion of fame, its impact on the culture, and where The Decemberists fit into the puzzle in the wake of hit records and appearances on Parks & Recreation.

There's still more than enough folk in their approach to make them stand apart from their peers on the upper reaches of the pop charts, and the intuitive smarts of their stylistic vision are still front and center, but What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World is an album where the creative sprawl is more a matter of how this divergent selection of melodies and moods interacts, rather than how many elements can be folded into one song.

This is very clearly The Decemberists, but with a new kind of focus in their songs and arrangements that makes it clear this album's sound is a result of creative evolution, not an offering to their newer, larger audience, and it's a sweet and sour wonder that rewards repeated listening.

Check out the tracks: “Make You Better”; "The Singer Addresses His Audience" and “The Wrong Year”.

This double LP is pressed in the USA on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl and is housed in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download and an etching on side 4.

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

The Singer Addresses His Audience

4:43

A2

Cavalry Captain

3:18

A3

Philomena

3:05

A4

Make You Better

5:08

B1

Lake Song

5:52

B2

Till The Water’s All Long Gone

5:00

B3

The Wrong Year

3:53

B4

Carolina Low

3:24

B5

Better Not Wake The Baby

1:45

C1

Anti-Summersong

2:12

C2

Easy Come, Easy Go

2:22

C3

Mistrial

3:54

C4

12/17/12

3:03

C5

A Beginning Song

5:22

D

Etching

 

SKU 602547017192
Record Label Capitol Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number B002212001
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 23 January 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 20 January 2015
Barcode # 602547017192
Shipping Weight 0.7550kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Side D Etching, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP

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