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A Bit Disappointing
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 18/01/2009 22:52:18
To be honest, im not a huge fan of dcfc but i adore the postal service and i expected an easy jump on with this album and it left me a little cold, there just doesn't seem to be any singles and i think generally are overlong.
Maybe its a grower but ive been listening for a week and its not catching. My advice, if you are a fan already you will probably love. If, like me you are a casual fan, i dot think that there is much to be had from this album.
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Death Cab For Cutie
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 24/11/2008 20:32:23
Already being a fan of the band Death Cab For Cutie, I can honestly say that I was a little shocked by some aspects of the new album. The 7 minute long epic 'I Will Possess Your Heart' is definitely a new stepping stone in the increasing journey of the band, and one that in my oppinion is a step back. Sure enough it has some nice aspects: the guitar has a nice echo and some sweet effects, and the bass line is porbably one of the hookiest pieces of music the band has written to date - mainly due to the fact that the same bass line is repeated over and over without change through the entire 7 minutes of the song. This does make the song a tad boring, and quite tiresome.
The opening track is what you would expect from Death Cab For Cutie. It follows along the same lines as previous album openers 'Marching Bands Of Manhattan' from Plans and 'The New Year' from Transatlanticism. Each album often contatining an easily accessible, slow building, catchy Indie-Rock masterpiece. This is the case again on this album, however with a slight twist. A Hard-Rock plunge on the guitars for the closing moments of the song comes as a new introduction to a familiar sound on this album, and one that works surpirisingly well with their trademark accessible Indie Pop.
No Sunlight is another stab at their harder work, with a catchy chorus and some beautiful tinkly guitar work. Often reminiscent of early Bloc Party, and Long Division is also of a similar sound. 'Talking Bird' is a slower track with long drawn out vocals that spread the seed of lyrical beauty as Gibbard wails metaphor after metaphor often refering to lonliness and being caged in. 'You Can Do Better Than Me' initially sounds like a christmas jingle, with scintillating bell sounds jingling in the foreground and swooping bass lines. The lyrics are some of Gibbards most honest to date, trully epitamising his lyrical beauty and depth with ingenious poetic lines.
'Grapevine Fires' and 'Your New Twin Sized Bed' may well be some of Death Cab For Cutie's greatest work to date, closely resembled to the work on Transatlanticism. Lonliness and love: often a key ingredient to Gibbard's writing has never been brought across with such poetic beauty before, and the hooky guitar work and fear inspiring vocal courage is brought across to an apocalyptic extent. 'The Ice is Getting Thinner' is a true closing to the album; not letting it continue anywhere else but a conclusion giving the album a trully fulfilling feel.
Although the album portrays some of Death Cab For Cutie's greatest work to date, the other half of the album, however, feels a little incomplete - mainly due to the more experimentalisation used from the band. This is not a bad thing, it gives the band a more broad scale of sound, it just seems like the band may need some more time before they're new sound can be perfected. That is to say, a fantastic album, that could lead to much greater things.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 22/11/2008 12:01:22
The best album ive heard in a long long time. Its a emotional rollorcoaster of an album. Every song is twistedly fantastic. Pop hooks with dark lyrics. Amazing. Thank you Death Cab.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 31/10/2008 18:43:19
This album is absolutly amazing!!
I really don't get why people dont like "i will possess your heart". The way the song builds you up and lets you down is amazing. In my opinion not a bad song on the whole album. The music is beautiful, the lyrics are beautiful. If you like to listen to music and feel every moment as it passes through your ears this is the album to get.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: jamie1983 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Plans Expansion Pack
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/10/2008 13:43:23
I got in to Death Cab a while ago through a great interest in the Postal Service (Ben Gibbards other band). I wasn't really expecting much compared to my favourite album "Something About Areoplanes" but it was worth a mention the effort gone in to it. I do love the lyrics as normal and the great choice of song names. It is a little bit better than "Plans" but narrowly. "Cath..." is a really good song and so is "Grapevine Fires". I know its got nothing to do with the musical quality but the artwork is great! You will be dissatisfied with "I Will Posses Your Heart" it is not the best song on there is good but it will take you a while to realise what all the critics are talking about with this song.
Its a must for all Death Cab fans, but if you are looking to get in to them I suggest you buy "Something About Areoplanes" first.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 01/07/2008 13:30:02
If you liked Transatlanticism and Plans then you definitely won't be disappointed with Death Cab's new album. The best tracks by far are: Cath, I Will Possess Your Heart, No Sunlight and Your New Twin Sized Bed. I am really pleased with this album and I would recommend it to any fan or those who have similar tastes in indie music.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 18/06/2008 12:56:06
A little underwhelming after about 8 listens. A big fuss was made over 'I Will Posess Your Heart' but to be honest the track takes so long to kick in that I had lost interest by the time the vocals started. Lyrically this is a good album but it didn't really hit my spot. Decent effort though, hopefully it's a grower!
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Expand Your Horizons
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 26/05/2008 00:18:23
Like, it would seem, most DCFC fans, I was underwhelmed by "Narrow Stairs" at first. But, experience tells me that the albums that you take a while to get into often turn out to be the ones you love above all others. I loved 'Plans' and I expected the new album to be more of the same - that it isn't reflects much credit on DCFC - they are expanding their horizons and so should you.
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Gibbard writes perfect songs again.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/05/2008 20:59:00
Firstly, Death Cab for Cutie are my favourite band. Each word is picked with loving care and Ben Gibbard weaves a rich tapestry of the tales which he tells with his pitch perfect voice. This album was always destined to be different. Fans should approach this album with that attitude. 2005's 'Plans' brought more melodic and down-beat piano-based songs. 'Narrow Stairs' is just a further demonstration of the heights Death Cab can reach. This album is much more guitar based, using the guitar in anyway they can. Whether its upbeat and has the feel of a power ballad (Cath...) or downbeat and acoustic (The Ice Is Getting Thinner), Gibbards lyrical abilities never faulter.
There is no bad song on this album, yes it may take some getting used to for older fans, but the adjustment is quickly made and the album is soon loved. New fans will be made from this record, but this album still contains what Death Cab are all about. Deep lyrics. For me, part of the fun of a Death Cab album is figuring out Gibbards lyrics. These lyrics are just as articulate as 'Plans' namely 'Brothers On A Hotel Bed' or 'What Sarah Said'. The music matches these songs perfectly, such as the juxtaposition of 'No Sunlight' with its dark lyrics and upbeat tempo.
Once again, Gibbard produces the goods, Death Cab for Cutie will never fail to impress.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: kidchino on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/05/2008 23:41:55
I'm a bit underwhelmed, if you liked The Photo Album, you should be happy, i however was hoping for something more. Don't get me wrong there some outstanding tracks, Bixby Canyon Bridge, Long Divison, Pity & Fear and the awesome I Will Possess Your Heart of course. The rest left me cold, hopefully they'll grow on me but as it is, this album is slightly dissapointing.
They have grown on me ! Great album.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: BarnabyJones on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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