Album Review: Colin Meloy Sings Live!

April 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Following the recent release of two solo EP’s filled with covers of Morrissey and Shirley Collins, Decemberists front man Colin Meloy turns the focus to himself with his new full length solo acoustic album, Colin Meloy Sings Live!

There are a host of classic Decemberists tracks to choose from here, as well as a track from Meloy’s previous band, Tarkio, a Shirley Collins cover, and the fantastic unreleased tune, “Wonderful”. Meloy’s trademark nasal crooning flits around each of these songs, making them sound warm and inviting despite the sparse instrumental arrangement. The between song banter and crowd chatter are kept to a minimum, but still provide enough personality and wittiness to recreate the feeling of being at a live show.

A particularly humorous moment comes with a performance of the unfinished track “Dracula’s Daughter” which is prefaced by Meloy saying that it is the worst song that he ever wrote. He proceeds to launch into the particularly wacky cut to great comedic effect. Other standouts are “The Gymnast, High Above The Ground”, and the epic “California One/Youth And Beauty Brigade”.

Despite the warm “around the campfire” vibe, the songs performed here just don’t sound that much different from their originally recorded counterparts. As a result, fans, particularly those who have not seen Meloy or the Decemberists live, will marvel at the intimate glimpse this release gives into Colin Meloy’s live prowess. Newcomers or casual fans will simply scratch their heads and pick up a Decemberists studio release instead.

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