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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[A] triumph of theatrical imagination: the culmination of the Decemberists' steady march to greatness in four years of enriched storytelling and folk-rock invention..."Spin (p.61) - Ranked #30 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005"Spin (p.101) - "The sharp voiced Portland punk-folk troubadour's music is rife with tales of Victorian seafarers and waifish ghosts." - Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly (No. 812, p.71) - "Colin Meloy is so darn brilliant....the music [and lyrics are] equally eclectic..." - Grade: A-Uncut (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "PICARESQUE cuts deeper and sharper than previous Decembrists efforts."Alternative Press (p.116) - 5 out of 5 - "[With] a wit so bizarre and vaudevillian beauty so ultimately endearing that by the end, Meloy's sprawling form of theatrical folk has us all..."Magnet (p.52) - Ranked #13 in Magnet's "The 20 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[With] accordion, Smiths-like guitar and haunting, pitch-perfect moods."Magnet (p.95) - "PICARESQUE glows with it-band imminence....Whether part of the Walla-of-sound production or in reaction to it, Meloy's voice is louder here."53.31969

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Rolling Stone (p.68) - Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Singer-songwriter Colin Meloy packs his storytelling eccentricities into pop-song packages of verse, hook and country-Smiths jangle..."Spin (pp.63-66) - "Ten crisp roots-rock tunes in a mere 40 minutes....The singer appears most deeply engaged with THE KING IS DEAD's more direct, plainspoken moments..."Entertainment Weekly (p.83) - "The band's latest set is more succinctly rewarding than anything it has done in years." -- Grade: A-Alternative Press (p.100) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'January Hymn' and 'June Hymn' flutter by like the gentle campfire ballads they evoke..."CMJ - "THE KING OF DEAD focuses on what made the Decembrists famous in the first place: Colin Meloy's lyrical oddities and the group's pastoral sound."Billboard (p.28) - "Lead singer Colin Meloy's irrepressible baritone in all its full-throated glory stands in stark contrast to the unplugged ensemble's dulcet tones."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The whole album is warm to the touch....[With] straightforward songs, transparent emotions, a little gift both to their fans and themselves."Clash (magazine) - "[H]arking back to the relative simplicity of PICARESQUE, this latest offering is a finessed folk-rock record to bring a little taste of long summer evening drives..."Uncut (magazine) (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[This is] the Decembrists' most immediate and outgoing album....'Dear Avery' is another sublime essay in memory, separation and regret..."Uncut (magazine) (p.32) - Ranked #26 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[A] clutch of warm, literate country-rock songs."26.42164

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"[I]ts enough that Bechard gives each point of view an airing, allowing a picture of the true Replacements to be formed in the spaces between the differing sides."A.V. Club0.3505966

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Arcade Fire fill the darkness with spectral portent on 'Abraham's Daughter,' and the Decembrists provide a jolt of electricity with 'One Engine,' which sounds like R.E.M. in Sixties garage mode."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Haunted by gorgeously sad Southern-belle harmonies from Miranda Lambert and her fellow shotgun-toting Pistol Annies....Best of all is Kid Cudi's gothic rap-rock epic 'The Ruler and the Killer'..." -- Grade: B0.2103579

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