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PicaresqueColin Meloy is so darn brilliant. On his Oregon group the Decemberists' third album, Picaresque, the singer's lyrics skip across history,...PicaresqueColin Meloy is so darn brilliant. On his Oregon group the Decemberists' third album, Picaresque, the singer's lyrics skip across history,...2005-03-21
The Decemberists

(The Decemberists: Alicia J. Rose)

Picaresque

Producer (group): Kill Rock Stars

Colin Meloy is so darn brilliant. On his Oregon group the Decemberists’ third album, Picaresque, the singer’s lyrics skip across history, from an ancient coronation to a Cold War spy story, and overflow with mellifluous rhymes (”the duchess’ luscious young girls…”). Though the music is equally eclectic, ”Sixteen Military Wives,” a wry satire of the Iraq invasion and the Oscars, is pure pop at its most winning. It should finally get the band airplay — or at least a MacArthur.