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Colin Meloy Sings Live! [Slimline]

  • 1. Devil's Elbow
    2. We Both Go Down Together
    3. Evoking a Campfire Singalong
    4. Gymnast, High Above the Ground, The
    5. Here I Dreamnt I Was an Architect/Dreams: Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect / Dreams
    6. Dracula's Daughter
    7. Wonder
    8. Brief Introduction to Shirley Collins, A
    9. Barbara Allen
    10. Engine Driver, The
    11. On the Bus Mall
    12. Skull, A Ship and a Sheep, A
    13. California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade/Ask: California One / Youth And Beauty Brigade / Ask
    14. Bachelor and the Bride, The
    15. Cautionary Song, A
    16. Red Right Ankle
    17. Bandit Queen
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60468

  • Credits
    EngineerRich Hipp

    Audio Mixer: Tucker Martine.
    Recording information: 2006.
    Illustrator: Carson Ellis.
    Arrangers: Shirley Collins; Colin Meloy.
    The Decemberists' lead singer and songwriter, Colin Meloy, struck out on a solo acoustic tour in 2006, and the appropriately titled COLIN MELOY SINGS LIVE! captures the charm of his stage show. Interestingly, prior to 2006, the Decemberists had been steadily moving toward a denser, more complex sound that drew on progressive rock, but the stripped-down LIVE! reveals Meloy for what he's always been: a troubadour with a guitar.
    On top of his knack for minor-key melodic hooks, Meloy's greatest skill is as a wordsmith. Detail-rich narratives, surprising metaphors, and lovely turns of phrase are the songsmith's stock in trade, and these can be heard on "Devil's Elbow," "Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect," "Dracula's Daughter," and elsewhere. Meloy's jangly guitar, plaintive voice, and friendly stage banter make LIVE! a fun, intimate experience.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.135) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Meloy's self-deprecation and warm stage demeanor keep the mood from becoming too somber....Essential listening for Decembrists obsessives -- and an excellent primer for those who aren't fans just yet."
    CMJ - "SINGS LIVE! transcends mere fan curio status to serve as a long-form testament to Meloy's formidable songwriting and performing skills."
    Q (Magazine) (p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The bulk of his set...finds him cherry-picking the best of his band's back catalogue and indulging in plenty of inner-song banter."
    Paste (magazine) (p.55) - "Meloy bounds through beloved Decembrists tracks interwoven with scattered covers and one throwback to his college band, Tarkio..."
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