The Decemberists are fun because they’re “indie” but don’t have a single ounce of ironic detachment. In this day and age, I admire a band that does songs about Ye Olde Naval Battles and just fucking performs them without winking at you. Meloy loves his dismemberment and drowning and big old-fashioned words, and you can hop on board or get out of his way. Good on him.
From the AV Club comments.