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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Song of the Day

I was reading a review of a new album this morning, where the reviewer stated "they're like The Decemberists, except less nerdy." The Decemberists reputation as a hyper-literate, lyrically challenging band is bordering on overkill. I've been listening to Picaresque a lot lately, and here's something to counter the thinking that The Decemberists will only make you think. "Of Angels and Angles" will make you feel.

What we take from music is in many cases not what the musician was trying to convey, but that's the beauty of it. This song speaks to me of a relationship that's gone terribly wrong, yet neither party is willing to acknowledge the problem. "As on we go drowning...down we go away" He would rather notice anything else (a spider, a bedbug), talk about anything else. She or he would rather work on a difficult crossword puzzle.

The restraint that Colin Meloy shows in this short little song is a nice contrast to the epics on the record like "The Infanta" and "The Mariner's Revenge Song." Picaresque is one of my two favorite CD's of the year so far.



Listen to The Decemberists - "Of Angels and Angles"

2 Comments:

  • At Wed Apr 20, 02:36:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Mark said…

    "What we take from music is in many cases not what the musician was trying to convey, but that's the beauty of it."

    Great point...there are many great songs that I don't really have a clue to what they are about...yet they evoke something out of me.

    Great example of course is 'Losing My Religion'. Turns out it was a love song...lots of people got that wrong!

     
  • At Wed Apr 20, 02:37:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Mark said…

    "What we take from music is in many cases not what the musician was trying to convey, but that's the beauty of it."

    Great point...there are many great songs that I don't really have a clue to what they are about...yet they evoke something out of me.

    Great example of course is 'Losing My Religion'. Turns out it was a love song...lots of people got that wrong!

     

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