Decemberists find new joy in a 'Terrible World'

March 28, 2015 8:06 AM

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When Colin Meloy and his bandmates in the Decemberists took a break in 2011, the agenda was open-ended. The band's steady growth had paid off in a new commercial peak - the Portland quintet's "The King is Dead" had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. But Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query and drummer John Moen wanted off the record-release-tour cycle they had been on for a decade.

Meloy poured his energies into his family and a long-simmering childrens book trilogy with his wife, Carson Ellis. It wasn't a given that when the band got back together for a few days in May 2013 that there would be a new Decemberists album at the end of the road. But "What a Terrible World, What a...

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