Contact Us

Worst to First: Every Decemberists Album Ranked

For a band that made their mark in part with a seafaring revenge epic told from inside the belly of a whale, the Decemberists have managed to carve out an enduring and eclectic career. Not bad for what began as a devout following of bookworms and theater-types.

When the Decemberists debuted with their 5 Songs EP in 2001 and the full-length Castaways and Cutouts the following year, frontman Colin Meloy attracted erudite, verbose fans suited to his erudite, verbose narrative-songs. With a creative writing degree in tow, Meloy soon became synonymous with his off-kilter and sepia-hued storytelling and penchant for ‘60s British folk and R.E.M. His nasally cadence even, for some, promised a Neutral Milk Hotel stand-in that you might actually hear more than two albums from and one day see live.

Since those early offerings, the Portland folk-rockers have maintained their original conceit while taking it in directions as adventurous and far-reaching as the stories Meloy spins in song – twangy prog-rock, straightforward country-pop and a full-fledged rock opera. Meloy’s muse has produced a collection of seven solid LPs that are all distinctly Decemberists while offering shades on a theme – both in sound and the actual themes that arise in Meloy’s tales. In the gallery above, we rank each of those albums – and the cast of characters that populate them – from Worst to First.

Worst to First: Every U2 Album Ranked

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Diffuser

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!