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The Decemberists, The Crane Wife: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Decemberists’ 2006 album The Crane Wife is one of my all-time favorites, so I was pretty excited when I saw the band announce a 10th anniversary Crane Wife box set with a ton of demos, B-sides, and alternate takes—or at least I was excited up until I saw how expensive it is. Luckily, the band just released a digital version of the collection, and though you don’t get any of the goodies included in the real thing (like an essay written by Lin-Manuel Miranda), it’s not a bad deal for a fraction of the price. Only huge Decemberists fans will care about some of the tracks, but I think everyone needs to give “The Perfect Crime #1/The Day I Knew You’d Not Come Back” a try. It’s probably The Decemberists at their most self-indulgent, and …

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