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Death Cab For Cutie


RS: 3.5of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4.5of 5 Stars


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Transatlanticism, Death Cab for Cutie's fourth album, presents a polished version of the heartstring-tugging formula that has earned the Washington state quartet its cultish following: melodic, melancholy songs about feeling both smart and confused, hopelessly romantic but wary of love. The eleven indie lullabies here -- ostensibly about a long-distance relationship -- are both tuneful and rough-edged, with singer Benjamin Gibbard's plaintive boy-next-door voice wafting delicately over crunchy guitars, piano and random percussion. The title track is an epic, fully formed tear-jerker, and more lighthearted fare such as "Expo '86" and the waltz-tempoed "Death of an Interior Decorator" get by on their childlike charm. Transatlanticism should be overwrought -- it's an album about young men enduring lost love in an ocean of memory; instead, it feels like a conversation with an old friend.

(RS 936, November 27, 2003)

(Posted: Nov 4, 2003)


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Review 1 of 3

yeahyeahyeahsluva writes:

5of 5 Stars

im not sure what album it is off but the first time i heard a death cab for cutie song i was searching the web for some good quality indie rock music and i found this band...i then began the ritual of listening to the song a lack of colour by turning off the lights and closing my eyes, when i first started listeing i could of mistaken the acoustic guitar for a beatles song but when the vocals came in they sunk into me and this mans voice was inside me as i felt everyword hit me it was purely europhoric and i totally understood the song and everything it was about, these guys are great and since then i have invested in there c.ds and im a huge fan now!

Jul 15, 2006 22:51:11

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Review 2 of 3

Finn123 writes:

Not Rated

I distincly remember Transatlanticisim receiving four stars in RS
when it was orginally reviewed. Not sure why the web site has it
listed as three and a half stars.

Regardless, this is an outstanding album with music and lyrics
running the whole gamut of emotions. Truly wonderful.

Dec 16, 2005 18:11:32

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Review 3 of 3

Bluemask writes:

4of 5 Stars

Death Cab's finest outing. This album is a perfect example of the band's distilation of early Smiths and Green era REM. Check out the jangle guitar hooks on "The New Year" and "Sound Of Settling." Also check out the pseudo-waltz tale of suburban nightmares on "Death Of An Architect."

Dec 6, 2005 16:29:32

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