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The Decemberists — The Perfect Crime #2
Album: The Crane Wife
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5.5

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Total ratings: 118









Released: 2006
Length: 5:26
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horstman wrote:
That said, this song is a 5.4 and is just marginal. If it weren't for the Al Stewart factor, it wouldn't have any appeal at all. Too disco fever meets James Bond.
I can understand folks not liking the song for one reason or another, but this is not Al Stewart-ish other than the nasal vocal, and it has nothing to do with disco or Bond. It's rythmically and sonically more similar to the new wave era, and those of us who have the CD know what this band is about-- very diverse sounding songs, with much progressive rock in it (sounding like Traffic, Tull, Genesis at times) though this song isn't like that. And the lyrics on the CD are all about the crimes of the rich (war, exploitation, theft, etc.) against the rest based on being set in various historical settings, especially the early industrial and late pre-industrial era of robber barons. Perfect Crime's all about how robber barons use people of lesser means as hit men for their crimes and are never caught:
The bagman's quaking at the fingers The hand-off glance a little lingers A well-dressed man in the crosshairs A shot rings out from somewhere upstairs
There's much more to this CD, song and band than the haters here get. I can understand not liking it, but bashing it with incorrect descriptions is not fair to this music, which many of us like because that CD is quite exceptional, and worth a listen if you like progressive rock and lyrics on deeper themes than sex, drugs and rock n roll.
rtrudeau wrote:
Of course, you typed this before the cat-screechingly awful Dengue Fever was thrust upon us. Makes The Decemberists seem a lot better, doesn't it?
No, it doesn't! I'll take Dengue Fever over this drivel any day.
I wonder if Bill goes through the songs and looks at the ratings and uses this to determine playing frequency? Would make sense and be more democratic. Not like anything we have here in America, but what the hell, it could be a model to follow through on. That said, this song is a 5.4 and is just marginal. If it weren't for the Al Stewart factor, it wouldn't have any appeal at all. Too disco fever meets James Bond. I gave it a 5. I think I'm a little generous but don't want to be a "rater" that puts out a lot of 10s and 9s and 1s and 2s. Nice to have a middle and this fits the bill quite nicely.
I guess that's a 10 then, eh? lord_love_rocket wrote:
This song is just perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect etc
Honeyman wrote:
4.9 rating as I type this. That's the lowest I've ever seen here...especially for something that gets this much play on RP.
Of course, you typed this before the cat-screechingly awful Dengue Fever was thrust upon us. Makes The Decemberists seem a lot better, doesn't it?
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
Sounds like that Year of the Cat guy.
Thought that's who it was until I looked.
Decemberists do Talking Heads. Not bad. A combination guaranteed to bring out the haters...
This song is just perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect perfect etc
A perfect song for about 30 seconds ...
I can see where the repetitiveness can get you in the craw. However, they were in Seattle last week and during this song he had the entire audience run in place after he did his "perfect x 50" thang. It was very hilarious. Very upbeat show and not what I expected at all.
Sounds like that Year of the Cat guy.
Make it stop!
:moon: :ass: :clap:
the Decemberists are an annoy-ing, annoy-ing, annoy-ing, annoy-ing, annoy-ing, band.
That'd be 4 big sucko barfos in a row. Bye RP for today.... -slarti out-
Not my favorite, and yes it does remind one of Al Stewart. But, the rest of the cd is really excellent. Really, I'm not kidding! :whisper:
More Decemberists!!!!
:puke:
I think this song is criminal . . . a 4, needs improvment
I notice it's the #2 version. I guess they didn't feel like version #1 established well enough that the crime was really perfect.
Such a low rating? This is cool. :cool: :bananajumprope:
I can't figure out what bothers me more about this song. The fact that it reminds me of Al Stewart and The Year of The Cat, or that that he has to say that the crime was "perfect" about fifty freakin' times. Gave it a 4.
4.9 rating as I type this. That's the lowest I've ever seen here...especially for something that gets this much play on RP.
I think I counted 33 "ta-perfect"'s in a row at the end. This song could have been better. mattt wrote:
Assignment: Write at least 50 words on the quality of the crime as committed. "It was the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect crime."
Man, I really like practically all of the Decemberists' songs I've heard on RP. But NOT this one. This sucks HARD. :puke:
sqqqrly wrote:
this is a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo.....songgggggg!
im even from portland and this is a.. a sucko... a sucko.. a sucko... a sucko-barfo song!
oscar_driver wrote:
this is a 7 a 7 a 7 a 7 a7 a7 a7 a7 ..... songgggggg! Oscar
this is a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo a sucko-barfo.....songgggggg!
So the Veranda guys try to rock out. Perfect failure.
ruthless wrote:
How eloquent.
Sorry to offend you. I thought with the quality of lyrics of this song, the comment was very apropos.
rtrudeau wrote:
So little love for The Decemberists here. Emo sigh. Why, oh why, do I stand alone? *sob*
I love them!
Assignment: Write at least 50 words on the quality of the crime as committed. "It was the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect the perfect crime."
So little love for The Decemberists here. Emo sigh. Why, oh why, do I stand alone? *sob*
huebdoo wrote:
sorry one more "perfect" please ... Im not sure what kind of crime it was Man ... Please dont play that again
LOL!
sorry one more "perfect" please ... Im not sure what kind of crime it was Man ... Please dont play that again
I like. An 8. I might buy this album, I love the Crane Wife 3.
Zubie wrote:
Love this hot track. Ah, the Decemberists, the quintessential band of people who can't seem to leave graduate school.
There, fixed it for you.
this is a 7 a 7 a 7 a 7 a7 a7 a7 a7 ..... songgggggg! Oscar
Honeyman wrote:
This blows chunks.
How eloquent.
This blows chunks.
MojoJojo wrote:
It's ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfectly annoying.
Hear hear, hear hear, hear hear!
Heating this song yesterday fulfilled my quota for this lifetime. Sounds like bad 80's music..........and I like the Decemberists otherwise.
You dislike songs about failed bank heists? daveesh wrote:
maybe that's why i can't stand it!
Somebody call Al Stewart, we've found the missing song from "the Year of the Cat."
Kinda silly, but it grooves!
It's ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfect, ta-perfectly annoying.
Love this hot track. Ah, the Decemberists, the quintessential band of graduate school.
Phlegmaticman wrote:
Shades of Kate Bush's There Goes a Tenner.
maybe that's why i can't stand it!
Fun song! Shades of Kate Bush's There Goes a Tenner.
Great Cut, Great Album
Predictable tempo and chords. Usual sliding into the note vocalizations with nasal repetitions. Other than that, OK