The coming of the new year brings with it a host of ‘new’ items: new possibilities for the upcoming year, new resolutions to make then break, and apparently, a new album by the Decemberists.
In keeping with the ‘new’ theme, The King is Dead is fairly new unto itself. The last album from the Decemberists, entitled The Hazards of Love, was rife with story and concept that drove the album from beginning to end. The King is Dead, on the other hand, concerns itself less with story and concept, and more with simply making good music. This contrast in musical tendency allows for each song on the The King is Dead to be great even whilst standing alone without a storyline to guide the listener.