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July 5, 2007
Ray Charles, Elton John, Randy Newman and James Taylor have done it. Now it's the Decemberists' turn. "It" would be performing with accompaniment by a full orchestra, and the Portland, Ore., band will be collaborating with no less than the L.A. Philharmonic on Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Its theatrical pop-rock is already fairly colorful, due to the band's penchant for accordion, theremin, harmonica, steel guitar and other nonstandard rock instrumentation.
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October 15, 2009 | Alie Ward
Colin Meloy, frontman for the popular alt-rock band the Decemberists, feels pretty good when he hears his latest album referred to as a "rock opera." "I embrace it," he says with a sigh of surrender. "I was calling it 'a play for voices,' but whatever. Certainly 'rock opera' is an easy tag." Meloy originally conceived "The Hazards of Love" as a musical, and its 17 tracks stitch together a narrative thick with murder, vengeance and ill-fated love. The lyrics are heavy with shadowy forest imagery and lay out a drama involving a shape-shifting half-man/half-fawn that falls for a girl named Margaret, only to be driven from her by a vindictive forest queen.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2009 | Alie Ward
Colin Meloy, frontman for the popular alt-rock band the Decemberists, feels pretty good when he hears his latest album referred to as a "rock opera." "I embrace it," he says with a sigh of surrender. "I was calling it 'a play for voices,' but whatever. Certainly 'rock opera' is an easy tag." Meloy originally conceived "The Hazards of Love" as a musical, and its 17 tracks stitch together a narrative thick with murder, vengeance and ill-fated love. The lyrics are heavy with shadowy forest imagery and lay out a drama involving a shape-shifting half-man/half-fawn that falls for a girl named Margaret, only to be driven from her by a vindictive forest queen.
NEWS
July 5, 2007
Ray Charles, Elton John, Randy Newman and James Taylor have done it. Now it's the Decemberists' turn. "It" would be performing with accompaniment by a full orchestra, and the Portland, Ore., band will be collaborating with no less than the L.A. Philharmonic on Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Its theatrical pop-rock is already fairly colorful, due to the band's penchant for accordion, theremin, harmonica, steel guitar and other nonstandard rock instrumentation.
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October 8, 2006 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
COLIN MELOY has probably never plucked a lyre, but the gesture would be appropriate. As leader of the Decemberists, Portland, Oregon's master purveyors of eccentric pop, Meloy pens lyrics that can seem as ancient as Homer: tales of seafarers and soldiers that songs have transported for thousands of years. "The Crane Wife," the band's new album, and its first on Capitol Records after several successful indie releases, continues his story collecting.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2006 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
COLIN MELOY has probably never plucked a lyre, but the gesture would be appropriate. As leader of the Decemberists, Portland, Oregon's master purveyors of eccentric pop, Meloy pens lyrics that can seem as ancient as Homer: tales of seafarers and soldiers that songs have transported for thousands of years. "The Crane Wife," the band's new album, and its first on Capitol Records after several successful indie releases, continues his story collecting.
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