Picaresque (studio album) by The Decemberists

Picaresque
Picaresque by The Decemberists
Year: 2005
Release date: 2005-03-22
Overall rank: 1,006th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 20 albums of 2005 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (165th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,006th)
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The Decemberists bestography

Picaresque is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by The Decemberists on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Decemberists is The Crane Wife which is ranked number 693 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,750.

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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.2/100, a mean average of 77.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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90/100
From 04/01/2020 07:31
Great album start to finish.
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From 03/06/2019 18:58
Missoula, Montana, native and main Decemberists songwriter Colin Meloy is one of the great musical storytellers of our time, and over time I've come to embrace his faux-Brit singing style as an enhancement of his gifts rather than an affectation. The devastating and literally haunting "Eli, the Barrow Boy" is emblematic of what makes this album especially great, as it displays a richness and depth of storytelling not quite fully realized in the Decemberists' earlier work. The band's popularity these days, particularly here in Meloy's home state of Montana, means that I'll likely never see them in a small venue, which is a shame because the complexity and nuance of these performances really demands a venue as intimate as the songs.
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From 02/22/2018 17:33
Questo "Picaresque" non è il mio disco preferito dei Decemberists ma non è male.
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From 02/02/2018 19:43
Almost every song is a great short story. Those that arent, are novels. What a great novel would The Mariner's Revenge Song maek? Or On the Bus Mall? Eli? Bagman's Gambit? It's just an incredible album and unlike others here, I find it to be theer best album.
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From 03/05/2017 18:52
Favorite Tracks: The Mariner's Revenge Song, We Both Go Down Together & 16 Military Wives
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From 01/15/2016 19:07
Picaresque is the great leap for The Decemberists. They establish themselves as a unique and indispensible voice in music.
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From 05/14/2015 23:00
This is another greatrecord from this band. Very close to which isbetter overall this or The Crane's Wife. Excellnet album! MEZ
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From 02/09/2015 19:52
This album, specifically the song "Engine Driver," is what got me into this band. It has several great tracks and was their most consistent album to date. I do prefer The Crane Wife and the Hazards of Love, but I think this is the strongest of their "classic" style.
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From 02/27/2013 10:17
Wasn't feeling it nearly as much as The Crane Wife. Felt a little too goofy in comparisons. The emotions were there but the stories just felt like pantos - which I guess it what they were going for by the look album cover. Just felt daft, not expansive.
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From 09/29/2012 21:19
Don't know how haven't I found this before! Great indie/folk/prog. Best track is definitely The Mariner's Revenge Song. Both the instrumental break and the incalzando outro give me goosebumps, not to mention the outstanding storytelling.
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