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I'll Be Your Girl

The Decemberists

I'll Be Your Girl

Eighth album from Colin Meloy's Portland indie folk quintet produced by John Congleton (The War on Drugs, The Walkmen, St. Vincent)

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Where its predecessor was merely a collection of great songs thrown together, arguably, this one is the most coherent release the band has unleashed yet
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A genuine and welcome joy
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Rather more traditional than they’re letting on. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Colin Meloy’s cerebral indie-folk troupe get bullish. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    I’ll Be Your Girl is the start of this new chapter, and it’s a wonderful place for them to begin again
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  6. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The results are mostly successful; occasionally a strange sound seems shoehorned into a perfectly good Decemberists song
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  7. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    It's nice to see The Decemberists have stepped outside their comfort zone and reached back a bit to reconnect with their daring and adventurous ways without losing their distinctive charm
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  8. 7.4 |   Earbuddy

    Their most memorable album since The Crane Wife
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  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    While Meloy's lyrics are sharply honed and evocative, it's this cavalcade of sounds that not only makes I'll Be Your Girl compelling, but distinctive among Decemberists albums
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  10. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Despite also cooking up a glam stomp with "We All Die Young," it sometimes feels overly contrived. The epic "Rusalka, Rusalka/The Wild Rushes" is a notable exception. Print edition only

  11. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Colin Meloy and the gang deliver an occasionally thrilling eighth record
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  12. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    A welcome sign of a veteran band eager to experiment, but it’s also the first Decemberists album where the sounds are more interesting than the songs
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  13. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    Buoyed by a fresh coat of synths and a streamlined energy, the Decemberists’ latest is a curious middle-of-the-road album, teasing a number of directions without committing to any of them
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  14. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Colin Meloy swaps britches for leather jeans, stylistic fusions and confusions ensue
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  15. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    I'll Be Your Girl would stand as a fine but forgettable work on its own, yet when compared to the pedigree of its predecessors, it's quite disappointing.
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  16. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Finds the folk-rockers employing electropop riffs influenced by Roxy Music and New Order
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  17. 6.0 |   The 405

    They arguably fostered both a fandom and derision through their quirks, but this album seems like a compromise. There’s not much to hate about it but not much to love either
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  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    The Portland band replace their lutes with synths on an album with some great moments; however, the hodgepodge of styles ultimately results in an unbalanced and disjointed record
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  19. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Much of the album struggles to find itself
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  20. 5.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s almost unsettling to watch a band that used to plan every single detail of their albums down to the letter suddenly begin to frantically hurl a load of disparate ideas at the wall and hope a few stick
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  21. 5.0 |   music OMH

    They would do well to learn that sticking some synthesiser parts behind a guitar band doesn’t automatically make them New Order
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  22. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The hazards of exploring new realms
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  23. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Aiming for playful rebirth, the Decemberists instead land on cloying kitsch with I'll Be Your Girl
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