Song of the Day: New Decemberists rocks...a little

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Marc Hogan, crack reviewer for PitchforkMedia.com, recently noted, "Nobody got into the Decemberists for the riffs."

Very true.

Yet this track's resilient oomph -- an idea fleshed out later on with actual rock stylings (gasp!) -- transforms the record into more than a sleepy take on traditional Americana played by people undoubtedly from Portland. That approach might not be what their diehard fans desire, but I think the band is better for it.

They never completely abandon their trademark harmonic approach -- you'll hear guitar-banjo-accordion interplay and several "interludes" -- but this talented collective continues annexing wilder, more interesting territory to their fantasy land of subdued, minor-key pleasantries. Check out "Isn't It a Lovely Night?" to hear the best of both worlds.