Release date
13 Sep 2005
Running length
11 tracks
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1 The Infanta 5:07 234,706
1 We Both Go Down Together 3:04 217,063
2 Eli, the Barrow Boy 3:11 151,206
3 The Sporting Life 4:39 178,242
4 From My Own True Love (Lost at Sea) 3:42 150,163
5 The Bagman's Gambit 7:03 154,863
6 16 Military Wives 4:53 148,335
7 The Engine Driver 4:15 200,179
8 Of Angels and Angles 2:27 154,266
9 On the Bus Mall 6:05 161,207
10 The Mariner's Revenge Song 8:47 168,907

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  • jwyei

    I have been remember way now I listen new music

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • transparentman

    I've listened to all their stuff from the newest to the oldest. This is their best.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • itsjennyhickman

    Probably my favorite album ever. <3

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • valerus

    so gooooood

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • oasisaint

    wut.. The Crane Wife got me into Decemberists but this album totally made me head over heels for them :s

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Oniren

    Love it! I'd say this album falls just short of The Crane Wife for being their best.

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • EmiMaCherie

    Have you seen The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook? The way they recorded this album is fantastic!

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • icanhaveablast

    Maybe my favorite D's record.

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Denitz

    Don't misunderstand me... this is a tremendous record... but The Crane Wife is their masterpiece. This is a mere collection of great tracks... but The Crane Wife comes together as an album much better than Picaresque does.

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • Andreahhhh

    Oh my God, this album defined 2005/2006. I am overwhelmed with nostalgia right now

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Angelfirenze

    This and Hazards of Love are my favorites, with the exception of 'The Bachelor and the Bride' from Her Majesty.

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Craigsly

    Crane Wife and Castaways & Cutouts owns this. Not to say this isn't good, just a bit disappointing to these ears.

    31 Dec 2009 Reply
  • occer

    The best.

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • beenyisagreeny

    album cover fucking sucks for a favorite

    30 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ello_moto

    this is my favorite.

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • kriep

    With no doubt their best.

    30 Jul 2009 Reply
  • c_hasty

    gahh, my favorite Cd... or one of them, anyways :] Best album by The Decemberists, that's for sure!

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • buckcherrybitch

    fucking awesome, the Decemberists strongest album, and by far, a fucking classic in the alternative rock world

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • assimilate

    I love the folksie aspects of this album (Eli, Engine Driver, Bus Mall.)

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • dontmakemeatrgt

    how does that make it overrated? Its my favorite of theirs because in my opinion it features some of their finest story telling (bagmans gambit, mariners revenge song, on the bus mall).

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
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