TIME magazine is predicting (and this makes sense to me, too) that "with critical buzz building behind it, The King Is Dead could mark their crossover to the realm of important American rock groups alongside the likes of Wilco and the White Stripes." I bet the Decemberists have their biggest year yet, simply because The King Is Dead is a very good record. For proof of this, look to the OPB concert video above—taped last Wednesday, January 19 at OPB's Portland studio—which saw them running through the album's 10 tracks. It was a great show; in the studio, the band sounds as good as ever, playing to Colin Meloy's songwriting strengths, with three-fifths of the band perhaps reinvigorated by the Black Prairie project, which saw them exercising chops they don't often get to display in Decemberists tunes. The King Is Dead, for all its strengths, probably won't make Decemberists naysayers to stop their naysaying, but for now, it looks like they're in the minority.
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