The Decemberists, "We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)" (EMI)
If anyone ever needed Proof that live albums have worth, they should check the marketplace: The Who's "Live at Leeds (Super Deluxe Edition)" now fetches $300 on the Internet. Still, despite the many classic live albums that have been released, they're often a mixed bag, and that's the case with the Decemberists' new 20-track collection from their 2011 tour.
Pro: The performances showcase a band with a remarkably broad vocabulary, even on stage. Arrangements include brass, saxes, guitars, organ, electric piano, pedal steel, violin, accordion, mandolin, harmonica and bouzouki. Lyrics include the words parapet, penitent, palanquin, moribund, rhapsodical and fontanelle.