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Codes and Keys

27 May 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 May 2011
  • Release Date: 27 May 2011
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 44:59
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  • ASIN: B0052ZD60E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,895 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rory B. Bellows on 4 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
The band have come a long way since their lo-fi indie roots. Codes & Keys is by far their most diverse release to date; a far more synth driven record which still includes the trademark indie rock sound that made them famous. The album has everything: catchy, radio friendly tracks like You Are a Tourist and Doors Unlocked and Open. As well as deeper more experimental songs like St Peter's Cathedral and Unobstructed Views. Despite this variety the album flows perfectly from start to finish. I've heard a lot of negativity regarding the use of vocal effects, but I feel this brings a eerie uniqueness to the record and takes nothing away from Ben's distinct vocals. I was disappointed with 2008's Narrow Stairs, so I'm overjoyed that the band have redeemed themselves with this wonderful release. More than worthy of 5 stars.
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By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Over the years the songwriting themes of Death Cab for Cutie's main man Ben Gibbard have majored on issues of longing, forlornness and melancholy. The result is that his work has been plundered by those American rites of passage shows and films, which tend to dwell on the terrible torment of adolescent angst and the failure of parents to invrest in their offsprings BMW's. Two such culprits are the OC and the the film "Garden State". A shame really since Gibbard has written some superb songs not least the monumental "Transatlanticism", the hugely atmospheric "Passenger seat" and the genius pop of "Such great heights" (with the Postal Service and brilliantly covered by Sam Beam).

Death Cab's last album "Narrow Stairs" was a massive hit in the US although with the exception of a couple of songs like "Grapevine Fires" not a personal favourite. Neither for that matter did it trouble the British charts for any length of time. "Codes and Keys" is their 7th album and very different proposition to its predecessor's guitar heavy approach. Like recent albums by Radiohead and the Wild Beasts the instrument of choice here is the keyboard and the emphasis is back on songwriting as opposed to showy instrumentation. As a result Codes and Keys is a good album, which will be greatly enjoyed by old fans and new music lovers alike not least the five standout songs here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ady on 7 Nov 2011
Format: MP3 Download
Their seventh full length studio album sees Death Cab return with confidence and vigour. Without a doubt, Codes and Keys is one of the band's finest albums (up there with 'We Have the Facts' and 'Transatlanticism') and is certainly an improvement over the decent, but comparatively weak Narrow Stairs.

Prior to buying this, I noted with some interest the many reviews which claimed Codes and Keys to be a particularly experimental, synth-driven affair. However, now that I am pretty familiar with the album, I can only conclude that those making such claims must have been listening to a completely different album. In reality, Codes and Keys is no more or less experimental than anything else the band has ever put out.

However, at times, it is also clear what the band has been listening to during the creation of the album. 'Some Boys' is very reminiscent of Animal Collective and title track 'Codes and Keys' has an almost Arcade Fire vibe to it. That said, as similar as those songs may be to the aforementioned bands, they are delivered with taste and style and sound like homages rather than blatant rip-off since DCFC still sound like themselves.

All in all, Codes and Keys presents a strong suite of songs: 'You Are a Tourist' is an infectiously breezy pop song, 'Monday Morning' the perfect single but the highlight has to be 'St Peter's Cathedral' which also features some of Gibbard's best lyrics. Ultimately though, save the rather dull and drawn on 'Unobstructed Views' there isn't a bad song on the entire album.

So if you're a fan of Death Cab For Cutie, you are doing yourself a major disservice by missing out on this fantastic album. Highly recommended.
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By David Wong on 21 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Chilled out, up beat, feel good. You name it, this album and band have it. Check out their other stuff too!
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Format: Audio CD
The title pretty much says it. Buy it. I would recommend getting all Death Cab albums personally. Big fan so obviously I'm biased. Fast delivery too.
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This is definitely not as good as their earlier works in my opinion. Obviously opinion of music is subjective, i prefer their earlier works much better and consider Plans and Narrow stairs to be their best albums. I can't quite put my finger on what i dislike about this album but it feels to me as if the band have lost something vital in this album, which makes their other works the magical and different albums they are. Codes And Keys for me shows Death Cab for Cutie becoming just another band, and not what they were.
But as i said opinions are subjective.
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