Long Live the King (EP)

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Long Live the King
The album name and artist in white lettering on a green background
EP by The Decemberists
Released November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)
Recorded Early 2010
Studio Pendarvis Farm near Portland, Oregon
Genre Indie folk, folk rock
Length 25:15
Label Capitol
Producer Tucker Martine and The Decembrists
The Decemberists chronology
The King Is Dead
(2011)The King Is Dead2011
Long Live the King
We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11–08.11)
(2012)We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11–08.11)2012
The Decemberists EPs chronology
Connect Sets
(2006) Connect Sets2006
Long Live the King
(2011) Long Live the King2011
(2015) Florasongs2015

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.