Take the excellent song, The Modern Leper, this song describes maybe one could say a sated life until one meets someone they are really attracted to. The lyrics are describing the ability of one to control those feelings as to being a leper. While this may seem quite disgusting of an analogy to use, within the song itself, it is a wonderful analogy and they more than aptly describe the feelings attached to it.
Song of Note: Modern Leper, Fast Blood, The Twist
While a rather disturbing song taken alone, Rake's Song is a parody nearly but more so taking the every heightening tension of the album to its peak. Prior to this song The Decemberists are taking you through one love affair and aft that song, it is taking you through the beginning of a new one, maybe more proper as the first one ends in the death of his wife and the infanticide of the children had with that woman.
Again, this sounds horrible but it is a tremendous album and one should really put time aside to give it a listen.
Song of Note: Rake's Song, The Hazaards of Love IV (the drowned)
One of the very nice things is that unlike any rap cd, The RAA's album is very tight. While I have not checked the length of it, I would assume it is somewhere in the 20 minute area. The music itself is so enjoyable that when I finish I keep thinking, damn, I want to listen to that again. I have not really been able to spend a lot of time analyzing the lyrics but damn is this an exceptionally put together album.
Songs of Note: Liciana, Sleep All Day
While I sure enjoyed their prior albums, this one really sets them apart from everyone else. There are strong themes of patience in the album which is kind of what they must have had to have to create such a sound as they do.
The females that they sing with are one the same pattern as the instruments. Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian are the female leads that sing who have such great knowledge of symmetry in their singing that it really blows one away to see them and hear them do it live. On an album, what seems like one singer is actually two.
Fronted by David Longstreth, who plays a right handed guitar lefty, whom is an exceptional guitarist, they are definitely growing in my heart.
Song of Note: Patience is the Move, Bitte Orca
It is fairly complex but easily understandable folk music and is one of the better ones to me. I really look forward to him developing more as an artist and fulfilling more my expectations as an artist. He is definitely one of the better young ones I have heard. This is only his first album after all.
He uses a lot of juxtaposition in his songs, and the titles, that I really enjoy hearing.
Songs of Note: The Gardner, The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands, I Won't Be Found