The Decemberists are devoted anachronists. So with the pop album completing its evolution into iPod shuffle–mix fodder, it's the right time for the Portland, Oregon, band to release an old–fashioned prog concept record. True to form, The Hazards of Love brings the glorious excess: There's strummy British folk rock and heavy–metal thunder, orchestral strings and a children's choir. Guitarist Chris Funk, like Yes' Steve Howe, deploys every stringed instrument in the showroom, from mandolin and autoharp to pedal steel.
The Hazards of Love