Editors’ Notes On Picaresque, The Decemberists gracefully dance between cultures, centuries, and sounds as Colin Meloy weaves stories together into an astute analysis of humanity—mostly at its lows. Opening with a triumphant, piano-pounding salute to a child monarch ("The Infanta"), the band then jump into modern times with the politically charged, trumpet-wailing "16 Military Wives." In between, a star-crossed tragedy gets adorned in mournful strings ("We Both Go Down Together") and the Belle and Sebastian-esque "The Sporting Life" takes the plaintive perspective of the underdog.

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The Infanta
1
5:07
 
We Both Go Down Together
2
3:04
 
Eli, the Barrow Boy
3
3:11
 
The Sporting Life
4
4:38
 
The Bagman's Gambit
5
7:02
 
From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea)
6
3:42
 
16 Military Wives
7
4:52
 
The Engine Driver
8
4:15
 
On the Bus Mall
9
6:04
 
The Mariner's Revenge Song
10
8:45
 
Of Angels and Angles
11
2:27
 

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