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The Decemberists: Here Come The Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized

Studio: Capitol

Jan 27, 2010 The Decemberists Bookmark and Share


The Decemberists’ 2009 album The Hazards of Love now has an animated album-length video companion, one that brings to mind those ‘60s and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll films that were often watched with chemical enhancement.

It’s somewhat predictable that a project like this would be attemptedpompous concept albums about wood nymphs and shape-shifters do lend themselves well to full-length animation treatment after allbut for any inherent ridiculousness, the whole thing works fairly well. It’s not as inventive as its forbearschiefly The Wall, but also The Song Remains the Same and Magical Mystery Tour, among othersbut, as with the album-length video companion, ambitious conceptual rock operas have also gone out of fashion.

As on the record, there’s a woodsy theme throughout the early proceedings, with leaves, roots, dirt and the like moving in time to the music and reflecting changes in tone and theme. Subsequent visual elements include constellations, woodland animals, geometric shapes, sinking ships and more.

For those looking for an old-fashioned “turn it up and tune out,” you could do a lot worse (and, oddly, it seems like it might appeal to toddlers as well, despite the occasional song about infanticide). But for those less interested in chemical stimulation, this is something of a one-shot deal. Having seen the band perform the record in its entirety, I’m still convinced that they should’ve just done the whole thing as a live album, in which case this could have served as a companion DVD documenting the live show.

Still, maybe somebody will figure out a way to sync their next record up with The Wizard of Oz. Or, that having already been done, perhaps Metropolis. Or maybe The Corpse Bride. Hell, just give ‘em a laser light show already. (www.decemberists.com)

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video izle
July 12th 2010
6:41am

The Song Remains the Same and Magical Mystery Tour, among others—but, as with the album-length video companion, ambitious conceptual rock operas have also gone out of fashion.
As on the record, there is a woodsy theme throughout the early proceedings, with leaves, roots, dirt and the like moving in time to the music and reflecting changes in tone and theme. Later visual elements include constellations, woodland animals, geometric shapes, sinking ships and more.

Kindle books
October 16th 2010
10:14am

Old-fashioned songs are now less accepted by new generation.That fashion are gone.They want songs that will meet the present sensation.

Jeremy Piranha
July 26th 2011
2:49am

It may not be the most inventive thing ever, but the companion video would definitely provide fans with a complete experience that incorporates both audio and visual elements to enhance the enjoyment of the listeners and bring out more of the music. It would be interesting to see which other bands follow the use of visual elements in their album or whether there will be events for mass viewing and listening of such albums. Interesting read!

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February 19th 2017
1:47pm

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