Monday, December 11, 2006

Has anyone ever noticed that The Decemberists "Crane Wife" and Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" are very similar albums?

Not only the cover art (similarily old-time drawings), the concepts (both tragic stories made into albums) and the general song structure (opens with upbeat acoustic song, followed by instrumental song with a little more diverse instruments and a long 10-minute ballad thrown in the middle) but even the tunes are written the same way. Both bands wield their acoustic guitars religiously while throwing in a trumpet or piano here and there. The lyrics are both lamentable but moving and profound. Don't mistake this as me bashing them, because I think they're both great albums, but maybe the decemberists should try to mix it up a bit next time.


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