the hazards of love


“hari raya” family photo gone wrong. hehe. via photo booth.

by now, people would’ve probably spread, blogged, tweeted and most probably even mailed on the decemberists new outake – the hazards of love.


to be frank, it takes a whole lotta effort to listen through the songs. very ambitious, very tedious, very tiring. at times, even irritating, especially with the loud metallic guitar twangs. probably because i never expect that to be coming out from colin and gang and some others.

sputnikmusic says it best,

the story revolves around a couple made up of a human woman named Margeret (as sung by Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond), and her lycanthrope lover William, who haunts the forest by Margeret’s home town. A raft of other characters – including a jealous rival for William’s affections and a marauding murderer – seek to keep the couple from being together, despite Margeret bearing William’s child. When you’re inspired, you’re inspired, I guess. Meloy apparently originally planned this as either an operetta or a musical, before quite sensibly deciding it wouldn’t work and allowing the songs to grow organically. The storyline, then – sometimes hard to pick out, very easy to ignore entirely – becomes entirely secondary to the music. Music which, by the way, is frequently astounding.

still trying to grasp all the songs, but the wanting comes in waves / repaid is really amazingly good. very paranoid androidish operatic soundscape one. listen to it. many times. and it’ll slowly grow on you.

2009 seems like a great year with all these muziks coming in. it’s only march, and 2 albums have already given me the twingles.

guessed you should’ve known the other one by now. 🙂


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