Till The Water Is
  All Long Gone
THE DECEMBERISTS – What A Terrible World,
What A Beautiful World (Rough Trade)

The last album from The Decemberists was OK, but for me it could never match the majesty of ‘The Hazards Of Love’, and so I wasn’t really expecting too much from this one. A pleasant surprise, then, to find that it includes great melodic pop songs such as ‘Till The Water Is All Long Gone’ and ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’, alongside some harder rockers like ‘Cavalry Captain’. A very welcome return to form.