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Sunday, April 21
The Indiana Daily Student

Kill the 'King'


If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that this EP will not be long lived.

Throughout its career, Portland-based band The Decemberists have experimented with different genres. Each album its created has had a distinct sound to it, ranging from art rock to baroque pop.

“Long Live the King,” however, features songs that didn’t make it onto its most recent full-length release, “The King is Dead,” and for good reason.

The sound of the tracks on “Long Live the King” seems to have strayed too far from the indie-folk path that The Decemberists have paved so nicely for itself throughout the years. “Long Live the King” is full of country twang and not much else. The EP’s opening song, “E. Watson,” is perhaps the catchiest and best track of the album, while the cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy” is probably the worst. All in all, The Decemberists have produced much more innovative and enjoyable music in the 11 years that its been together than this six-song EP.

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