The Crane Wife (2006) This Oregon quintet's major-label debut, The Crane Wife , refuses to relinquish the quirks of their three justly praised indie LPs. Songwriter Colin Meloy specializes… 2006-10-03 The Decemberists Indie Rock
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The Crane Wife (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2006; Lead Performance: The Decemberists; Genre: Indie Rock

This Oregon quintet's major-label debut, The Crane Wife, refuses to relinquish the quirks of their three justly praised indie LPs. Songwriter Colin Meloy specializes in lurid historical dramas; here he bookends short scenes in that vein with two longer tales and leads the folk-oriented band on successful excursions into styles including keyboard-based prog. The jarring faux-metal riffage of ''When the War Came'' exposes Meloy's limits, but several of these studies in heartbreak and homicide rank among his most moving.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints