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The Decemberists have released a “new project”, We All Raise Our Voices to the Air only a few months after their studio release The King Is DeadWe All Raise Our Voices to the Sky is a live recording of the band pulled from twelve shows on their 2011 World Tour including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Marymoor Amphitheatre in Seattle, and McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre in Portland.

While I’ve always liked what I’ve heard from The Decemberists, I can’t say I would have ever called myself a fan…in fact, I can’t recall ever including them in a playlist I created for any radio station or for my own personal listening, but if they showed up I listened and I liked. For whatever reason, today I saw it available on Amazon and decided to download the project which was just released a couple of days ago.

I’ve never been to one of their live shows but having heard this, I am apt to try to catch them when they come to the Columbus area. They are really interactive with the audience and seem to be a good time, even when singing about a joint suicide like on “We Both Go Down Together” which in my HumbleO sound a lot like R.E.M.‘s classic “Losing My Religion”.

Again, if you are unfamiliar with The Decemberists they are a big sound, plugged in, folky band.  You can for sure hear the influence of bands like the previously mentioned R.E.M, Morrissey, Siouxsie and the Banshees,  XTC and Joy Division.  Sometimes almost too much influence.

All in all, I’m glad I got the project. The Decemberists are fun and their songs are interesting.