THE DECEMBERISTS, HAZARDS OF LOVE

Sure, lead singer Colin Meloy is a word nerd, but that doesn't excuse this spectacularly overwrought fifth album.

The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love [Capitol Records]

Our rating: 1 out of a possible 5

Sure, lead singer Colin Meloy is a word nerd, but that doesn't excuse this spectacularly overwrought fifth album. The verbose lyrics tell a single bizarre story (at one point, a woman is ravaged by an animal), and the messy marriage of English folk and Sabbath-esque metal offers no escape. Even diehards will have a tough time getting through this one. Matt Hendrickson

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