A DECEMBERISTS DOUBLE LIVE ALBUM AND OTHER RX CD RECOMMENDATIONS

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While it’s probably true to surmise that the critical reaction afforded to The Decemberists‘ last two studio records has generally been pitched below that of their earlier work (highly unfairly in my opinion, I’d place the glorious, rollercoaster insanity that was 2009’s The Hazards of Love comfortably in my best albums of the past five years list), there has always been a feeling that The Decemberists are a band that are best appreciated live.

In a way that can’t quite be replicated through simple speakers, Colin Meloy’s swarthy, charmed and oft-grisly tales spring to life on the stage: a space where the band can fully indulge their theatrical penchant and love of gleeful excess. And while We All Raise Our Voices to the Air – Live Songs can’t quite replicate the pantomime interaction of the live shows (great as ‘The Mariners Revenge Song’ is on here, you really need to see Meloy throwing his arms wide and screaming as the whale devours him to really ‘get it’ – accompanying DVD maybe?), it’s actually a remarkably feisty live record which manages to capture the carnival of their live show with admirable aplomb.Drowned in Sound

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Big Brother and the Holding Company Live at the Carousel Ballroom
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Once Original Cast Recording
Caetano Veloso and David Byrne Live at Carnegie Hall
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