I wrote this review of the new Decemberists album for Popdose:
The Hazards of Love (Capitol Records), the fifth Decemberists album, is a romantic fairy tale, albeit one with some extremely dark passages, and a very sad ending. Musically, Colin Meloy wanted to explore the very real connection between British folk revival music and classic metal, and points to Sandy Denny’s performance on Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore” as a point where the two came together. Meloy based his songs on old folk songs, and developed a narrative, and characters to be a part of it.CD Review: The Decemberists, “The Hazards of Love” | Popdose, Mar 2009
You should read the whole article.