Long Live the King (EP)

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Long Live the King
The Decemberists - Long Live the King.jpg
EP by The Decemberists
Released November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)
Recorded Spring 2010 at Pendarvis Farm (near Portland, Oregon)
Genre Indie folk, folk rock
Length 25:15
Label Capitol
Producer Tucker Martine and The Decemberists
The Decemberists chronology
The King Is Dead
Long Live the King
We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11–08.11)

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!"


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66%[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
Pitchfork 6.8/10[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 listing[edit]

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


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"


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