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Her Majesty

  • 1. Shanty For the Arethusa
    2. Billy Liar
    3. Los Angeles, I'm Yours
    4. Gymnast, High Above the Ground, The
    5. Bachelor and the Bride, The
    6. Song For Myla Goldberg
    7. Soldiering Life, The
    8. Red Right Ankle
    9. I Was Meant For the Stage
    10. As I Rise
    11. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 375

  • Credits
    ProducerThe Decemberists; Bradley Clark; Adam Selzer; Larry Crane
    EngineerAdam Selzer; Larry Crane

    The Decemberists include: Colin Meloy (vocals, acoustic & electric guitar); Chris Funk (electric guitar, strings); Jenny Conlee (accordion, keyboards); Jesse Emerson (upright bass); Rachel Blumbergand (drums).
    While it doesn't quite measure up to their terrific debut, HER MAJESTY finds the Decemberists building and expanding on the musical territory they staked out on CASTAWAYS AND CUTOUTS. Songwriter and lead singer Colin Meloy gives further rein to his penchant for moody, gypsy-flavored melodies and literate, evocative lyrics. But whether spinning seemingly age-old yarns ("Shanty for the Aretheusa"), spilling confessional metaphors ("I Was Meant for the Stage"), or admiring young novelists ("Song for Myla Goldberg"), Meloy's songs engage and ingratiate.
    HER MAJESTY lacks focus at times, but its multi-directional ambition is also what's impressive about the album. There are rock flavors here, and nods to symphonic pop, and the moods range from romantic to bitter to speculative. It would have been easy for Meloy and company to replicate the success of their debut, but HER MAJESTY pushes in new directions, and while not all of it succeeds completely, it still deepens the appeal of this great indie pop outfit.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.153) - "[I]t's the overall blend, the looming ghostliness, that impresses."
    Magnet (9/03, p.96) - "...The whimsy and multicolored narrative threads that represented the best of the Decembrists' terrific first album are given room to breathe..."
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