By: Spacelab Research Staff
December may be ancient history, but The Decemberists are just getting started. In the run up to their March 24th release of The Hazards of Love, they're releasing a free download of one of the tracks from the album.
The album contains 17 tracks and was produced by Tucker Martine. It's the follow up to 2006’s "The Crane Wife".
The Hazards Of Love is a narrative that tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake, who recounts with spine-tingling ease how he came “to be living so easy and free” in the aforementioned “The Rake’s Song.” So it's like reading a book! With music! But you don't have to read it.
They band spent a good part of 2008 releasing their singles series and watching the world go by as they saw the album through its final stages.
"Four tumultuous months passed in the creation of the record, during which a new president was selected, 3 people associated with the band were married, birthdays too numerous to recount were celebrated and many tasty asada tacos from two of the vast array of taco trucks in the greater Portland east-side were consumed," said the band in an announcement.
The album features a host of guest appearances, including Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Robyn Hitchcock, Jim James (My Morning Jacket ), Rebecca Gates (the Spinanes), and Becky Stark (Lavendar Diamond).
“I wanted to have different voices singing different songs, so it would be like a fake musical,” singer Colin Meloy told Rolling Stone. "Everyone’s going to call it a rock opera. I’ve just got to come around to that.”
The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love Track List
02. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
03. A Bower Scene
04. Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
05. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
06. The Queen's Approach
07. Isn't it a Lovely Night?
08. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
09. An Interlude
10. The Rake's Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret In Captivity
15. ‘The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes In Waves (Reprise)
17. ‘The Hazards Of Love 4 (The Drowned)