OK, I'm not going to blog-critique the show. Just so's we're clear.
I'm going to gush!
I've only been a Decemberists
fan for a few years now. Once upon a time I got a homemade compilation of their stuff from a friend, and then a while later, The Crane Wife
came out. I saw them back in November
, and it made the top 5 shows I've ever seen. Obama had just won the election and Colin Meloy turned it into a victory rally, and the encore performace of Sons & Daughters
changed my life a little.
Background established. Of this definitely polarizing band, I am a completely biased, unabashed fan.
This summer the band is promoting their latest album, Hazards of Love
, which is a one-sitting, epic concept, alt-folk-rock opera, banquet for the soul kind of album, featuring a shape-shifting fawn, a jealous magical forest queen, a morally bankrupt abductor of maidens, and a maiden, who has no trouble falling in love with fawn-men she meets in a primeval forest. Excellent! With somehelp from guest artists, they're playing the whole thing, start to finish, and you bet your whatsis I was going to be there!
I was. It was delicious. Repaid
was worth the price of admission, if you ask me.
After a break, they came back and rocked some older tunes, and then blew the Pavilion away with a cover of Heart's Crazy on You
, featuring the ladies from Hazards
, Becky Sharp & Shara Worden, on lead vocals. Holy crap!
I'm still running on the lingering buzz from the show. It was that good.