The Hazards of Love

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2009 Ratings: #316 / 834
Year End Rank: #24
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Based on 52 ratings
2009 Ratings: #92
March 24, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Capitol Records / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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A.V. Club

The real surprise of The Hazards Of Love is how well it works as a straight-up rock album.


Hazards of Love won't convert anybody who already wrote the band off as overly precious bookworms with a Morrissey/Victorian ghost story fetish, but fans who have dutifully followed the Decemberists since their 2002 debut get to take home bragging rights this time around.

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Track List

  1. Prelude
  2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
  3. A Bower Scene
  4. Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
  5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
  6. The Queen's Approach
  7. Isn't it a Lovely Night?
  8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
  9. An Interlude
  10. The Rake's Song
  11. The Abduction of Margaret
  12. The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing
  13. Annan Water
  14. Margaret in Captivity
  15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
  16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
  17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)
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