What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Label: Capitol Records, LLC
Like 2011's The King Is Dead, this 2015 release is more interested in domestic American spookiness than in the pastoral Anglo-Saxon folk that formed the soil of The Decemberists' earlier indie-rock short stories. Even Terrible World's brighter numbers -- "Cavalry Captain," the ironic and cryptic "Anti-Summersong" -- are darkened by the presence of the blues. So it's appropriate that the album's best song is its most backwoods-violent: "Better Not Wake the Baby," a short ditty listing all the destructive, disruptive and dangerous things you're welcome to do as long as you don't wake the baby.