Castaways and Cutouts

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Castaways and Cutouts
Castaways.jpg
Studio album by The Decemberists
Released May 21, 2002
Recorded January – February 2002
Genre Indie rock, indie folk
Length 49:59
Label Hush
Producer The Decemberists
The Decemberists chronology
Castaways and Cutouts
(2002)
Her Majesty the Decemberists
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[2]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[3]

Castaways and Cutouts is the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album's title is taken from a line in the song "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade".

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (and now wife) of Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band's albums. This is the band's only full-length release with Ezra Holbrook on drums. (He played drums on the 5 Songs EP and performed backing vocals on The Crane Wife.)

Reception[edit]

Castaways and Cutouts received mostly positive reviews. The album ranked #89 on Under the Radar's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s[4] and #96 on Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2000-2004.[5] It also ranked #79 on JustPressPlay's Top 100 albums of the 2000s.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Colin Meloy.

No. Title Length
1. "Leslie Anne Levine"   4:13
2. "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect"   4:29
3. "July, July!"   2:53
4. "A Cautionary Song"   3:09
5. "Odalisque"   5:21
6. "Cocoon"   6:49
7. "Grace Cathedral Hill"   4:29
8. "The Legionnaire's Lament"   4:45
9. "Clementine"   4:07
10. "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade"   9:51
Total length:
49:59

Personnel[edit]

According to the liner notes of Castaways and Cutouts.

Production[edit]

  • Produced by The Decemberists
  • Recorded by Simon Widdowson
  • Mastered by Ryan Foster
  • Design by Third Eyebrow (.com)
  • Art direction by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
  • Cover painting and illustrations by Carson Ellis
  • Inner-tray photo by Jonathan Gitelson
  • Sound clip in "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade" from Archangel, directed by Guy Maddin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cramer, Stephen. "Castaways and Cutouts - The Decemberists". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Carr, Eric (March 25, 2003). "The Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts". Pitchfork Media. 
  3. ^ "The Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts". Sputnik Music. 
  4. ^ newmusicexcess (8 January 2010). "Under The Radar: Best Of The Decade – Top 200 Albums of the Decade". New Music Excess. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  5. ^ Sam Ubl (7 February 2005). "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Albums of 2000-04". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  6. ^ Matt Medlock (14 January 2010). "Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Albums of the 2000s". JustPressPlay. Retrieved 2013-12-08.