Long Live the King [EP] - The Decemberists
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  • Summary: The indie folk band releases its second EP of the year that contains B-sides from its The King Is Dead album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    91
    Any of these songs could've fit on The King Is Dead; instead, they've come together to form another excellent record.
  2. Overall, the EP works wonders, given largely to the fact that it contains unreleased tracks from sessions of the band's greatest, most straightforward work to date.
  3. 80
    Those who loved The King Is Dead should certainly enjoy the EP--a sort of CD extras from a fine main production.
  4. Nov 1, 2011
    65
    So while it can't really stand alone, it plays awfully well with its musical sibling.
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    The best moments [from The King Is Dead] are woefully unlucky not to have made the cut.
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    This is the sort of release that can be really appealing to a band's biggest fans, the completists who want absolutely everything a group puts out.
  7. 40
    The band sounds like they're having a great time, but the end result is markedly boring.

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  1. Nov 7, 2011
    7
    Good, not great. There's a reason these are the B-sides, and there's a reason they weren't on "The King Is Dead." But all that said, the EP is fun and spirited, and the music is plenty enjoyable. "Foregone" is a great song. Expand