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Moving on…

November 18, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

The concert on Thursday was excellent. Alasdair Roberts, a Scottish folk singer, opened. He was better than I thought he was going to be after listening to a few clips on Amazon.

Of course, everyone was there for The Decemberists. They opened with The Crane Wife 3, the opening track from their new album. After that I was reminded that I really haven’t heard that much of their catalog (I have their last two albums), as they played two songs I hadn’t heard before. Neither was all that great, though the crowd seemed to know/like them. They played all but two songs off of The Crane Wife, which was just fine by me. Granted, the two songs they left out were two songs I really liked from the new album, and would have chosen them over a couple of the ones they did play (Shankill Butchers and O, Valencia!), but I can’t complain. They were all flawlessly played. The Island…, a 12 minute epic, was easily the highlight of the night. I can’t imagine anyone not liking that song and it was just as incredible live. The other two highlights were The Perfect Crime 2 and 16 Military Wives. For 16 Military Wives the lead singer had the crowd divide in two (I couldn’t see how well that worked out) and compete with each other over who could sing a line from the song the loudest. Quite entertaining. The encore gave us more entertaining antics, as three of the band members ventured into the crowd for a “skit” about Lewis and Clark.

All in all it was great fun. I would have liked to see a little more from Picaresque (The Mariner’s Revenge Song, chiefly), but I really can’t complain. The Crane Wife is probably my favorite album so far this year, so the emphasis was quite welcome.

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  1. ffanatic
    November 19, 2006 at 10:04 am

    The band’s antics were similar when me and Ben saw them. During A Cautionary Song, Colin held the song in a stasis, divided up the audience, and forced them to re-enact the final battle from the Hobbit. The full setlist for the Chicago was as follows:

    Leslie Anne Levine
    We Both Go Down Together
    The Engine Driver
    The Crane Wife 1 & 2
    The Crane Wife 3
    Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
    O, Valencia!
    July, July!
    16 Military Wives
    The Island
    Sons and Daughters
    Red Right Ankle (encore)
    A Cautionary Song (encore)

    I was upset that they sold out of the Rout of the Patagons tour shirt. Damn, that thing was cool looking.

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