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  • Summary: The Decemberists lead singer releases his live solo album featuring songs from his 2006 tour.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. But in clearing away the ear-candy clutter that's increasingly come to define his band's records (for better or for worse), Meloy enables even observers less convinced than those caught on tape to admire the tidy architecture of his material.
  2. Live! is essential listening for Decemberists obsessives--and an excellent primer for those who aren't fans just yet. [May 2008, p.135]
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    A primer on British folk-revival icon Shirley Collins is the disc's most sparkling moment. [May 2008, p.103]
  4. It's as if a bunch of people have gotten together to try and create a communal experience they don't quite believe in. It's a little depressing here, but elsewhere, the sense of irony serves the album well.
  5. Sings Live! is clearly an offering from Colin Meloy to his devoted fans who have either especially enjoyed his shows or have never had the opportunity to attend them. In that respect, this live collection achieves its (hardly lofty) goals, and for that Meloy should be applauded, perhaps not as raucously as at his shows, but, y’know, a golf clap would be appropriate.
  6. Sings Live! is not a landmark album, nor even a superb "live" album, but the sound quality is decent enough (though the "acoustic guitar through the board" is a bit disappointing), and Meloy is a jovial host with his adoring fans, who ultimately this collection of songs was released for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. VerenceD.
    Apr 16, 2008
    For any fan of solo acoustic folk rock this is a must buy. For those who are already fans of Colin Meloy this goes double.
  2. MattA.
    Apr 13, 2008
    Made by Colin Meloy Fans...for Colin Meloy Fans. Not recommended to start out with. I suggest that you buy The Decemberist's other albums first before buying. Still, it's a personal experience in disc form. Collapse
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 12, 2008
    As a big fan of the Decemberists, it's great to hear solo versions of their songs and the new ones are nice too, but Colin is definitely better with the whole band behind him. Expand
  4. ChrisW.
    Apr 12, 2008
    The so called "John Grisham of indie rock" fails once again to make a listenable album. There's only room for one pudgy white guy in the acoustic pop genre and his name is Ben Gibbard. Expand