Frames of Preference: The King Is Dead

The King Is DeadThe sixth studio album from Portland-based folk rockers The Decemberists, The King Is Dead is the band at its rustic best. It takes a step back from the dense, literary lyrical style of preceding albums to drive at something more raw and natural. This self-reassessment on the part of the band is supplemented by a markedly more American instrumentation, namely heavy use of harmonica on songs like “Don’t Carry It All” and “Down By The Water.” The album cover marks this shift towards more pastoral folk as well, since it prominently features a forest and portrays the band as bringing light to the region.

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