YMMV: The Decemberists

  • Accidental Innuendo: May or may not actually be accidental, but in "Culling of the Fold": "Get him down on his knees/ With your hands all shakin'/ That'll teach him how to take it"?
    • "You can take him in a stitch, drop his body in a ditch, leave his limbs all naked, that'll teach him how to take it!"
    • Colin has encouraged people to have sex during Rise To Me. Yes, really. Whether he was thinking of this application when he wrote it is... a good question.
      • That whole concert is a good example. "It's very hot! It's a very damp and hot Sasquatch costume."
    A little louder, ladies and gentlemen! Some moaning! Some groaning! You're being swallowed by a whale!
  • Complete Monster: The eponymous character of "The Rake's Song" relates how he murders his three children after their mother died in childbirth because he wants a new life, including beating his son to death and burning the body for daring to fight back, and concludes by saying that he doesn't regret it at all.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome
    • "This Is Why We Fight" Just listen But pretty much anything off that album (or any album for that matter).
    • The Tain.
  • Ear Worm: Many, but 16 Military Wives is probably their catchiest.
    • Every song on The King Is Dead. "Don't Carry It All," "Rox In The Box," "January Hymn," "Down By The Water," and "All Arise!" might be the worst.
  • Face of the Band: Colin Meloy.
  • Genius Bonus: So much of it. For instance, only someone who is both a botanist and a World War II buff would be able to really understand "When the War Came" without being told about it. "Sons and Daughters" references houses of aluminum and eating cinnamon, a pretty bizarre image unless you know that aluminum was once considered a metal more precious than gold, and cinnamon was used as currency.
    • "The Bachelor and the Bride" requires a working knowledge of Dada art, specifically Marcel Duchamp.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Shankill Butchers", "Culling of the Fold", "Odalisque", "The Rake's Song", "The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)", "Leslie Anne Levine", "A Cautionary Song".
  • Squick: Some of the gory bits, especially the rape scenes.
  • The Woobie: Quite a lot of their characters. Poor Eli.