The Decemberists have always been able to tell a good story. The story in The Hazards of Love, is, in my opinion, worthy of a movie or stage adaptation. It's interesting, gripping, at places terrifying, yet simple and rooted in the oldest traditions of story-telling. Without giving too much away, I'd like to mention that the song "The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)" is the most genius use of dissonance to create a mood of haunting terror that I have ever encountered outside an actual horror movie.