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The Decemberists, "The King Is Dead" (Jan. 18)
The Decemberists' newest has much more of a country bent and, unlike their last "songs suite" "Hazards of Love," is much less concept-driven. Colin Meloy and his band keep the tracks in the three-to-four-minute range, and tapped Gillian Welch and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck to guest.