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The Hazards of Love

The Decemberists

2009

The Hazards of Love
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The Hazards of Love is the fifth album by the American indie rock band The Decemberists, released through Capitol Records and Rough Trade in 2009. The album was inspired by an Anne Briggs EP titled The Hazards of Love. According to the band, frontman Colin Meloy had set out to write a song with the album's title, which eventually developed into an entire album. Becky Stark (of Lavender Diamond), Shara Nova (of My Brightest Diamond), and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) provide guest vocals throughout the album,[6] while Robyn Hitchcock makes a cameo guitar appearance on "An Interlude". The Hazards of Love is a rock opera, with all songs contributing to a unified narrative, similar to the use of recurring stories on the band's previous album, The Crane Wife. The plot is a love story: a woman named Margaret (voiced by Stark) falls in love with a shape-shifting boreal forest dweller named William (voiced by Meloy). William's mother, the jealous Forest Queen (voiced by Nova), and the villainous Rake (also voiced by Meloy) bring conflict to the album's story arc.

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3.22

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67

Genres

  • Rock

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Fri Mar 15 2024
5

It's like a rock opera fairytale. Usually I listen these albums during my car commute. And so I did with this. But it gave me the urge to listen it again, with the lyrics in front of me to really get the full story.

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Fri May 03 2024
5

Love the Decemberists and love this album. 5 stars.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
4

8/10. I do really like it when Rock Operas actually have different singers for different characters, makes it a lot easier to follow. And there really isn't enough modern music about people getting fucked over by forest spirits, so this was an enjoyable listen for me.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
4

The ultra rare album where the closing track may be the best one?

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Sun Mar 10 2024
4

This is why I still like to listen to the user albums. Sometimes there's an entrance which you just like. At first it sounded just folky but later there was also a rawness with heavy guitars and a kind of progressive feel also, especially the song 'The Wanting Comes in Waves/ Repaid' which I found quite appealing with that epic chorus. But they kept the quality going til the end. Chapeau!

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Fri Mar 22 2024
4

What a pleasant surprise to find one of my favorite cult bands here. It's not the album I would have chosen from their discography, but The Decemberists have always seemed to me like one of those bands incapable of making a mediocre or bad album. They've been getting closer and closer to pop, but I always saw it more as a natural evolution than as a pretense to reach more people. And their latest albums are just as enjoyable. Even more so, in fact. Great thanks to whoever posted it for giving me this joyful time on the streets of Basel

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Thu Feb 29 2024
3

I wish they'd go hard more than they go pretty, and I wish they'd altogether avoid going twangy.

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Wed May 15 2024
5

I have a couple Decemberists' songs on playlist, but I had never listened through this album. Who doesn't love a smashing concept album?!?

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Mon Mar 11 2024
4

My general issue with the Decemberists has been finding them too faux old-timey and leaning too heavy on affectation and quirk. The lyrical and musical leitmotifs and harder rock edges in this album did a lot to temper those tendencies, though my eyes still rolled a bit at some of the more bombastic murder-ballady stuff.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
4

Yeah. Really strong narrative sound, although maybe a song or 2 too many.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
3

Used to like them in college. But it always feels a bit one-dimensional.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

Hazards lacks some of the titular hazards as it rounds the generational line and covers the wide American musical landscape. The twangle achieves full body as country music at the end, something that may have been a more complete feel for the album.

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Fri May 10 2024
3

A rock opera with folk-based instrumentation and vocals (reminds me of Neutral Milk Hotel and Fleet Foxes), country and metal touches, classic 2000s indie energy (like Arcade Fire), and an enveloping atmosphere that creates tension and drives the story. I like how the songs are strung together and flow seamlessly between each other, as well as the reoccurring themes that are spun with new twists to keep the record fresh and familiar. The interludes are nice to give breaks between the intensity and loudness of most tracks. I didn't like how rambly this album was compared to their others. I found the melodies less interesting (for the most part), and less emotion and soul in the vocals. It reminds me a lot of overly-commercial 90s alt rock. Picaresque had much stronger songs. This album has some highlights too, but with how scattered the tracks move around, it's hard to have the same impact. Great for a rock opera, and suited for an enveloping story with quality music. Favorites: The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid, The Rake's Song, The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing

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Mon Mar 04 2024
2

Interesting Indie concept album and if I had time to listen to the lyrics/story I may have gotten more out of it, but as someone else said, they are too one dimensional in their sound

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Sat May 18 2024
2

It was ok. Just kind of there. The dial didn't move much.

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