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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 116 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 116

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  1. Jake
    Mar 23, 2005
    0
    no....No.....NO!!!!!!!!! Someone needs to put this bleating donkey and his insufferable band of assorted a-ses out of their misery....
  2. AnthonyD
    Apr 26, 2005
    3
    Pseudo-intellectual and pretentious, the latest album from the Decemberists is more of the same from this castrated group. The lyrics are carefully crafted and literate but fail to inspire in even the slightest way. Meloy's whiny, phoney vocals and the bands pompous orchestral blathering is barely tolerable, let alone enjoyable or interesting. Meloy should just write a novel and save Pseudo-intellectual and pretentious, the latest album from the Decemberists is more of the same from this castrated group. The lyrics are carefully crafted and literate but fail to inspire in even the slightest way. Meloy's whiny, phoney vocals and the bands pompous orchestral blathering is barely tolerable, let alone enjoyable or interesting. Meloy should just write a novel and save our culture from this derivitive fluff. Expand
  3. JoeD
    May 31, 2005
    4
    the band is great, but meloy overpowers it with his horrible bleating. He has a painfully weak falsetto and mispronounces words like "there" on purpose. He sucks and would not be in the band if he had not started it.
  4. losnyc
    Jun 8, 2005
    4
    see you at the renn fair! nuf said about this crappy, pretentous band.
  5. BorisH
    Sep 22, 2005
    3
    I liked this better when it was called NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL!
  6. PresidentBush
    Jul 9, 2006
    0
    crap
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. [Meloy's] lyrics skip across history... and overflow with mellifluous rhymes. [25 Mar 2005, p.71]
  2. Picaresque is a triumph of theatrical imagination: the culmination of the Decemberists' steady march to greatness in four years of enriched storytelling and folk-rock invention.
  3. The more realized updates of [Her Majesty] that crowd out the backed of Picaresque reveal a wit so bizarre and vaudevillian beauty so ultimately endearing that by the end, Meloy's sprawling form of theatrical folk has us all. [Apr 2005, p.116]