Her Majesty the Decemberists

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Her Majesty
Studio album by The Decemberists
Released September 9, 2003
Recorded February 2003–March 2003
Genre Indie rock, folk rock
Length 48:27
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Larry Crane
The Decemberists chronology
Castaways and Cutouts
(2002)
Her Majesty
(2003)
Picaresque
(2005)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 83/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[4]

Her Majesty is the second full-length album by The Decemberists, released on September 9, 2003, by Kill Rock Stars. The song "Song for Myla Goldberg" was written years earlier, after Colin Meloy had been a media escort for the novelist Myla Goldberg during a tour following the publication of her first book, Bee Season. "The Bachelor and the Bride" has the words "stripped bare" in the chorus, and appears to be a reference to Marcel Duchamp's piece "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even".

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (and now wife) of Meloy, who has created artwork for each of the band's albums.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Colin Meloy.

No. Title Length
1. "Shanty for the Arethusa"   5:37
2. "Billy Liar"   4:08
3. "Los Angeles, I'm Yours"   4:17
4. "The Gymnast, High Above the Ground"   7:13
5. "The Bachelor and the Bride"   4:13
6. "Song for Myla Goldberg"   3:33
7. "The Soldiering Life"   3:48
8. "Red Right Ankle"   3:29
9. "The Chimbley Sweep"   2:53
10. "I Was Meant for the Stage"   7:02
11. "As I Rise"   2:14

Note: On some editions, the track list printed on the actual disc omits the song "The Chimbley Sweep", though the song is listed on the back of the CD jacket and in the liner notes.

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