King Is Dead

King Is Dead

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by The Decemberists
     
 

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The Decemberists' new album The King is Dead is a mostly acoustic set of ten concise, Americana-based songs that mark a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band's wildly ambitious and acclaimed 2009 song-cycle The Hazards of Love.

Produced once again by Tucker Martine, The King is Dead features special guest appearances by Americana

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The Decemberists' new album The King is Dead is a mostly acoustic set of ten concise, Americana-based songs that mark a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band's wildly ambitious and acclaimed 2009 song-cycle The Hazards of Love.

Produced once again by Tucker Martine, The King is Dead features special guest appearances by Americana luminary Gillian Welch and legendary R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. The King is Dead showcases the ways in which The Decemberists -- Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen -- sound just as glorious in simple, stripped-down compositions as they do on the elaborate structures that have defined their work for years.

The album was recorded in a converted barn at Pendarvis Farm, an 80-acre estate of lush meadows, forest, and Mt. Hood views outside of Portland, and it was the concept of the barn -- as recording space and as attitude -- that informed the making of The King is Dead. -- From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099994754728
catalogNumber:
47547
Rank:
5246

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Decemberists   Primary Artist
Peter Buck   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Baritone),Guest Appearance
John Moen   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Shaker
Gillian Welch   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Rawlings   Background Vocals
Tucker Martine   Tambourine
Nate Query   Bass,Cello
Laura Veirs   Background Vocals
Chris Funk   Banjo,Bouzouki,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Colin Meloy   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Pump Organ,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Tenor),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Jenny Conlee   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Annalisa Tornfelt   Fiddle,Violin
Chris Meloy   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Tucker Martine   Producer,Engineer
Decemberists   Producer
Colin Meloy   Composer
Carson Ellis   Illustrations
Andy Schichter   Intern

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