With Wye Oak
2009's "The Hazards of Love" is a baroque pop rock opera involving shapeshifters, fairy queens and a villain named Rake. At the time, frontman Colin Meloy was ears-deep in the British folk revival movement and the album's sound stood as a testament to his newfound love. For their latest, "The King Is Dead," Meloy got help from R.E.M's Peter Buck and singer-songwriter Gillian Welch to create a country-tinged album that's still heavy on Meloy's weighty lyrical themes. With Wye Oak.