The Hazards Of Love - The Decemberists
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Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 85
  2. Negative: 5 out of 85

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  1. Nov 18, 2010
    I'm surprised the critics rated this album lower than the other Decemberists albums, I assume most of them just listened to the first song or two and made their decisions without listening to the whole product. Because the total album is very good, a journey you want to be on both for the lyrics and for the musicality.
  2. Dec 15, 2012
    The Hazards Of Love is a really good album that has an awesome story line. The only problem with this album is that it's songs are all very similar. This isn't exactly unexpected due to the fact that since this album is in "rock opera" form but unfortunately this makes it hard for the listener to distinguish songs from one another. Also very few songs in particular stick out as particularly good and therefore it's almost a must to listen to the album as a whole. Yes this album is good and it's worth the money but it's not the best Decemberists album. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. His plot is so preposterous and unempathetic it's more the appearance of a plot, or an elaborate joke about a plot.
  2. The narrative doesn't get in the way of the tunes, and the choruses are pretty versatile as anthems go.
  3. The result is both classic Decemberists--all folk pop whimsy wrapped up in darker lyrics than their surface suggests--and a new direction, using the '60s/early '70s folk foundations to follow their logical path into that odd corner of the English genre that somehow crossed over with Heavy Metal.