I can’t stop listening to this album. It’s not exactly a sprawling work, but somehow, perhaps because two of the tracks are multi-part ten minute mini-stories, it feels epic. It’s a concept album with undeniably progressive flavor. Yes, that kind of progressive—Jethro Tull and King Crimson as opposed to John Digweed or Dave Ralph—and there aren’t many bands who can pull this off (The Fiery Furnaces come to mind) but this album is a marvel from start to finish.
I try to listen to something else, but like a ball on an elastic string, I keep bouncing back. Check out a taste, then go buy “The Crane Wife.”
The Decemberists –