The new record opts to tame the band's indulgences, and also reroutes its musical focus: Instead of pointing solely to the British folk that has long inspired him, Meloy digs deep into the American roots-music lexicon, even merging the two in the sea shanty/mining tune "Rox in the Box."
"Drowning is the second leading cause of death among subjects of Decemberists songs."
It resembles early REM with more banjo.
More things that even the Exile deluxe box.
The embossed clamshell box includes an original Type 100 vintage peel-apart Polaroid photo taken by Autumn de Wilde from The Impossible Project/Decemberists series, as well as the CD, LP (180-gram white vinyl with unique cover), a DVD of Pendarvia (a film by Aaron Rose about the making of the record), a limited edition signed Giclée print by Carson Ellis, and a 72-page clothbound book featuring over 250 photographs by Autumn and illustrations by Carson.
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