Mar 24, 2009 10:38 AM
A sweeping gem of an album, the Decemberists fifth studio effort, Hazards of Love demands more than just a casual listen. This concept album tells the tale the villager Margaret, who falls madly in love with William, an inhabitant of a magical forest. When she gets pregnant, Margaret goes in search of her love, encountering plenty of "hazards" along the way— like an evil Queen and a shape-shifting animal. In addition to its tantalizing tale, Hazards boasts gorgeous vocals and a variety of musical styles.