Half Notes: Decemberists – The Crane Wife (2006)

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by Tom Johnson

For their major label debut, the Decemberists didn’t pull any punches. If anything, they seemed to have gone off the deep end, as if attempting to get the label to cry fowl. But they played along (“13 minute songs? Sure, why not?”) and we the listeners benefited with this odd, beautiful alterna-prog album that became an instant underground classic.

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