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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Portland, Ore.-based indie five-piece led by Colin Meloy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. A thrilling listen. [Dec 2003, p.140]
  2. 90
    On [Her Majesty...], the whimsy and multicolored narrative threads that represented the best of the Decemberists' terrific first album are given room to breathe. [#60, p.96]
  3. It's as though The Decemberists have been able to somehow summon that mystical muse that allows for all of the wonder of the musical world to open. [#5, p.100]
  4. Clever without being pretentious.
  5. Her Majesty the Decemberists is distinctive, where the good parts are so good that it's easy to overlook the not-so-good.
  6. 40
    Staggers under the unbearable preciousness of donkey-voiced singer Colin Meloy. [Sep 2003, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Dec 15, 2012
    7
    This album is good. It has it's moments and several songs are so good I listened to them over and over again. However the album as a whole is lacking especially when compared to later Decemberists albums. It's worth the money but if you're thinking of getting this album as your first Decemberists album then I'd recommend you listen to one of the later albums first. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2011
    6
    Meloy still needs to diversify his sound here, but it's coming along. Her Majesty is not the treasure trove of songs that their next two albums would be. Best songs: The Soldiering Life and The Chimbley Sweep. Expand

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