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: One of the two main villains of The Hazards of Love, the Rake is a self-centered sociopath who only married his wife to slake his want for sex, and believed fatherhood was a curse. Glad about the deaths of his wife and third daughter in childbirth, the Rake decided to murder his remaining children in order to gain the freedom of a new, carefree life. In "The Rake's Song", he reveals he poisoned his elder daughter, drowned the younger, and beat his son to death then burned his body because the boy dared to fight back. Assuring the listener he's never really been bothered about murdering his own kids, in the second half of the album he begins his new life by abducting the heavily pregnant Margaret with the intent to rape her.
  • 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 botanistnote  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.