Omnibus - Tarkio
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  • Summary: Before he was in The Decemberists, singer-songwriter Colin Meloy fronted a Montana alt-country/alt-rock outfit known as Tarkio. This set collects that band's entire output of 27 tracks.
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  1. 75
    Nix the emo sea-chantey stuff and these two CDs... would be pretty excellent. [Mar 2006, p.95]
  2. Omnibus offers a lot of quality songs from a quality songwriter.
  3. A fine collection from a distinct band. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.105]
  4. The songs get by on college rock atmospherics that linger for far too long and for the most part, lack the dynamism and character of even the weakest Decemberists song.
  5. You can see the seeds of what makes the Decemberists so compelling--the elaborate wordplay, the vivid images, the smooth, melodic largeness of song--along with a certain amount of appealing modesty.
  6. Omnibus is more a historical artifact for the Decemberists completist than a riveting overview of a criminally neglected band from the late ’90s.
  7. At 27 tracks, the whole affair could do with a sizable trimming, as much of the material tends to sound the same, but as far as collections go, Omnibus is the real deal, and a Decemberists' archivist's wet dream.

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