DecemberistsThe - The Crane Wife

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The Crane Wife is an album by The Decemberists, released in 2006. It was produced by Tucker Martine and Chris Walla, and is the band's first album on theCapitol Records label. The album was inspired by a Japanese folk tale, and centers on two song cycles, The Crane Wife and The Island, the latter inspired byWilliam Shakespeare's The TempestNational Public Radio listeners voted The Crane Wife the best album of 2006.[1]

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson EllisColin Meloy's wife, who has created artwork for each of the band's albums.