Label: Rough Trade Release date: 04/11/08 Link: www.myspace.com/thedecemberists Welcome to the second volume of the 'Always The Bridesmaid' series by The Decemberists Days of Elaine Very much like the first song from Volume I, 'Days of Elaine' is a ridiculously up-beat affair with a swirling organ in the background and Colin Meloy singing relentlessly throughout this 4 and a half minute pop song. It's not a bad effort but I'd be hard pressed to remember it a day later. Rating: 2.5/5 Sticking With You Some times it takes a good cover song to turn things around and it certainly worked on this occasion! It's very rare that I appreciate a cover song that sounds exactly the same as the original but somehow they manage to get away with it. I'm sure The Velvet Underground would be happy with this! Rating: 4/5