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This is a fan interpretation of the Hazards of Love story line. It is in no way connected to any interpretation from a member of The Decemberists.

The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)

This song sets up the entire story. We learn right away that a young lady – who we will later love as our heroine Margaret – goes horseriding out past the fields, far from home. She crosses into the forest, as… read more



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  • I love this too much.
  • Utterly brilliant. Never gotten the hate this album gets from some people. 2nd best album behind Crane Wife.
  • I always kind of wrote this album off as far inferior to their other releases. Coming back to it for the first time in a long time today made me remember that there are definitely a few gems hiding among all of the rubbish on this thing.
  • The whole is much better than the picking out any of the parts. It needs to be listened to entirely instead of song by song. I love it. But then again, I adore everything by the Decemberists, so there you are.
  • @naotas_forehead I agree with you. The ending doesn't make much sense in terms of how William handled everything. However, despite his lack of effort in trying to get Margaret away from the river so she could live, this album paints a tragic but beautiful story. I get goosebumps every time I listen to it, and it's quite possibly my favorite album of all-time.
  • only album I have heard so far,so as a virgin listen i am enjoying it,might have to check out the others.
  • Bit too ambitious for me really: the songs flow well but as individual songs not quite as strong as their best work, The Crane Wife. I loved hearing Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond), such a great fit with the group.
  • Their. Best. Album. End of Declaration. :)
  • I don't mind sad endings, in fact I prefer them to "Disney" endings, but it's just so... unsatisfying that William does nothing important in her rescue and then they just die. He doesn't sacrifice himself for her. He doesn't say "Margaret, escape before the river kills you" which would have made more sense to me. They just are like, "Oh well we're dying" without any concern for the baby
  • @naotas_forehead Hey, not all storylines can have a happy/Disney ending. In fact, it would take away from the overall mood of this wonderful album just to pander to those teary-eyed fans looking for a clichéd "...Happily Ever After". Sombre? Yes. Brilliant/Exhilarating? Yes! Lets not try to fix what isn't broken :)

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