The Hazards of Love (2009) Frontman Colin Meloy has many unique gifts as a songwriter — gifts that have all but deserted him on this regrettable attempt at a prog… 2009-03-24 The Decemberists Rock
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The Hazards of Love (2009)

May be Hazard ous: The Decemberists
May be Hazardous: The Decemberists
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Mar 24, 2009; Lead Performance: The Decemberists; Genre: Rock

Frontman Colin Meloy has many unique gifts as a songwriter — gifts that have all but deserted him on this regrettable attempt at a prog opera. Hazards of Love drowns in convoluted plots, blustery guest vocalists, and comically out-of-place guitar shredding. D+

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Originally posted Mar 18, 2009 Published in issue #1040 Mar 27, 2009 Order article reprints