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The Decemberists — A Beginning Song
Album: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
Avg rating:
6.3

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Total ratings: 683









Released: 2015
Length: 5:14
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Let's commence to coordinate our sights
get them square to rights
get them square to rights
condescend to calm this riot in your mind
find yourself in time
find yourself in time
and i am waiting, should i be waiting?
and i am wanting, should be wanting?
when all around me, when all around me
document the world inside your skin
the tenor of your shins
the timbre of your limbs
now commence
to kick each brick apart
to center on your heart
starting with your heart, bright heart.
and i am waiting, should i be waiting?
and i am wanting, should i be wanting?
when all around me, when all around me
when all around me, when all around me
when all around me.
and i am waiting, should i be waiting?
and i am wanting, should i be wanting?
and i am hopeful, should i be hopeful?
when all around me, when all around me.
is the sunlight
is the shadows
is the quiet
is the work
is the beating heart
is the ocean
is the boys
is you,
my sweet love
my sweet love
o my love
and the light bright light
and the light bright light
bright light
bright light
it's all around me
it's all around me
Its all around around me.
It's all around me
All around me
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The Decemberists START at 8 for me! 
6,3?  Everybody got up on the wrong side of the bed...
 mgtom wrote:
PSD>> got me Abbey Road!!  

 
PSD>> got ME Death Cab for Cutie!!! Happy.
 topcat99 wrote:

I must be an alien, i just love his voice. And Dylan, and Young. But besides that, i wonder why some people can't hear or appreciate the beautiful arrangements, superb songwriting, the poignant lyrics. Really folks? Is it all about the Voice? 

 
It's not "all about the voice", but the "voice" is generally the major part of just about any song which has lyrics and vocals.  If one component of a song seems distracting or unpleasant it can be difficult to appreciate the other aspects.
PSD>> got me Abbey Road!!  
 cheetahwheelies wrote:
What kind of accent is that? 
 
 
he's doing "Nic Cage Irish"

 Image result for nic cage
I like some of their stuff except their weird accent this time was too much for me. Oy didnt loik it roight 
 thatslongformud wrote:
this album (like all my favorite albums) was a slow grower for me..  Not as good as their two previous albumns, but still really, really good once i figured out that tracks 2 and 3 are skippers.  

While i understand why people don't like Colin Malloy's voice the songwriting, musicianship, and production are top-notch  

 
Totally agree. This album grew on me with each successive listen. Very strong album for them none-the-less. It's a group that has grown on me just like their albums... nobody out there sounds anything like them. A class of their own.
his voice and their songs have sincerity, longing and a little bit a grit which is more than I can say for a lot of nonsense I see rated ridiculously well here.  . . . typical
They sure beat listening to U2 all day.
What kind of accent is that? 
 
Without question, Decemberists are an acquired taste. Love em' or hate em', they have a unique sound and feel. Malloy is a pretty adept showman, too.
this album (like all my favorite albums) was a slow grower for me..  Not as good as their two previous albumns, but still really, really good once i figured out that tracks 2 and 3 are skippers.  

While i understand why people don't like Colin Malloy's voice the songwriting, musicianship, and production are top-notch  
 kingart wrote:
Some folks here can't wait to diss the singing voices of Young and Dylan. "God awful." "Whining."  
This guy is my Young and Dylan. It makes me sneer. I appreciate The Decemberists artistry. It's worth listening to and encouraging. But that voice... Is it sun loit? Is the o-shun?
Is it for real? 

 
I must be an alien, i just love his voice. And Dylan, and Young. But besides that, i wonder why some people can't hear or appreciate the beautiful arrangements, superb songwriting, the poignant lyrics. Really folks? Is it all about the Voice? 
 
Yikes. Lots of vitriol flowing 'round here. 

I'm not blown away by it but seems like a nice tune at first blush.
REO Speenwagon lives!!!!

I agree, I just can't get over the guys voice. It grates.

AND the PSD button isn't working.


It's just tiring to listen to - the guy's working it way too hard. Not good.
Oh good, a new Decemberists song to mark as a one. 
 kingart wrote:
Some folks here can't wait to diss the singing voices of Young and Dylan. "God awful." "Whining."  
This guy is my Young and Dylan. It makes me sneer. I appreciate The Decemberists artistry. It's worth listening to and encouraging. But that voice... Is it sun loit? Is the o-shun?
Is it for real? 

 
Absolutely.  I would really like to enjoy their excellent work much more than I sometimes do.
Some folks here can't wait to diss the singing voices of Young and Dylan. "God awful." "Whining."  
This guy is my Young and Dylan. It makes me sneer. I appreciate The Decemberists artistry. It's worth listening to and encouraging. But that voice... Is it sun loit? Is the o-shun?
Is it for real? 
A PSD fav
Too twee for me
PSD not working :(
Another great discovery here thank you
 kingart wrote:
The Decemberists are quickly joining the ranks of those artists whose ear grating presses my PSDs. Hey, Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Gotye, say howdy to this vowel-twisting vocalist dude and his bandmates. 
This track does get better as it progresses, though. imho. just sayin.  

 
"Vowel-Twisting Vocalist Dude" is a good name for a band or maybe a professional wrestler.  The song does improve as it goes on.  I tend to like their musical arrangements and their lyrics are usually clever and well-thought-out, but Colin Meloy's vocal stylings often sound so 'thespian' and contrived to me.  Sometimes it seems like he's auditioning for an Elizabethan minstrel gig or something.
  Why do so many posts bring up singing styles as hanging on, or extending "vowels", when "syllables" is obviously what they mean?
Collin Meloy  takes his place among THE ROCK GODS with this release, beautifully penned masterfully produced! social & global aware just SMART!   OH did I mention delicious to the ear and the brain! l
suck on that HATER BITCHES!
 
The Decemberists are quickly joining the ranks of those artists whose ear grating presses my PSDs. Hey, Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Gotye, say howdy to this vowel-twisting vocalist dude and his bandmates. 
This track does get better as it progresses, though. imho. just sayin.  
Blech!
I wish there was a zero rating. I've had enough of this, uh, "vocalist" to last a lifetime.