March 20, 2009 at 04:00 PM EDT

The Hazards of Love is a full-on rock opera that functions as the newest album from The Decemberists, and though it won’t be available in stores until next Tuesday, those of you pondering an early purchase on iTunes can preview it all exclusive-like on the Music Mix right now, thanks to the magic of Imeem. (This, we are assuming, means the Music Mix is now your new very favoritist music blog on all of the earths.)

More than any record in recent memory, Hazards has caused some very (yay!), very (nay!) differing opinions within our sparse but convivial Music Mix ranks. After the jump, feast upon the dramatic festivities with your own ears, make up your own mind… and why not share what you think in the comments?

The Hazards of Love

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