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Long Live the King is an EP by the American indie rock band The Decemberists, released on November 1, 2011, on Capitol. The release is composed of out-takes from their sixth studio album, The King Is Dead. The titles of both combine to create the traditional proclamation, "The king is dead, long live the king!"

Long Live the King
The album name and artist in white lettering on a green background
EP by
ReleasedNovember 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)
RecordedEarly 2010
StudioPendarvis Farm near Portland, Oregon
GenreIndie folk, folk rock
Length25:15
LabelCapitol
ProducerTucker Martine and The Decembrists
The Decemberists chronology
The King Is Dead
(2011)
Long Live the King
(2011)
We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11–08.11)
(2012)
The Decemberists EPs chronology
Connect Sets
(2006)
Long Live the King
(2011)
Florasongs
(2015)

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66%[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
The A.V. ClubA−[3]
Pitchfork6.8/10[4]

Critical reception to Long Live the King was positive. On Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Long Live the King received an average score of 66, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Colin Meloy, unless otherwise stated.

  1. "E. Watson" – 3:32
  2. "Foregone" – 4:07
  3. "Burying Davy" – 4:22
  4. "I4U & U4Me" (Home Demo) – 3:38
  5. "Row Jimmy" (Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter) – 6:40
  6. "Sonnet" (Dante Alighieri) – 2:56

PersonnelEdit

The Decemberists
Additional musicians
  • Victor Nash – trumpet on "Sonnet"
  • Adam Schneider – trombone on "Sonnet"
  • Annalisa Tornfelt – backing vocals on "E. Watson"
  • Laura Veirs – backing vocals on "E. Watson"
Production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Long Live the King [EP] Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Monger, James. "Long Live the King - The Decemberists". Allmusic. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Hyden, Steven. "The Decemberists: Long Live The King". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Maddux, Rachael. "The Decemberists: Long Live the King EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 4, 2012.