Decemberists’ Meloy Takes Aim

After their last album debuted at No 1 in the US, Portland’s indie-folk rockers disappeared for four years. Their frontman, Colin Meloy, talks about his bestselling children’s novels, life on a farm and why they needed a break. On the Decemberists’ seventh album, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World,” I look forward especially to hearing the two songs that take aim, gently, at the band’s fans.

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