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One of indie rock’s greatest success stories and multi Grammy-nominated quartet, Death Cab for Cutie have announced the release of their hugely anticipated new album, ‘Codes And Keys’ set for release on through Atlantic Records.

‘Codes And Keys’, which was mixed by the brilliant Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nine Inch Nails) ... Read more in Amazon's Death Cab for Cutie Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Toy's Factory
  • ASIN: B0000DJWG9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's a miracle we can get hold of DCFC records in this country at all, so far away are they from the fashions and fads of popular music. Indeed, "Something About Airplanes", this Bellingham, WA quartet's debut effort has that timeless quality about it that lifts it from the constraints of style, production values and genre. Singer Ben Gibbard's touching, resigned vocals, and the band's cascading melodies put the song back into songwriting, making for an affecting listen and reawaken the concept of the album as a body of work rather than a collection of songs. The record fits together perfectly from the opening cello chords in "Bend To Squares", right through to the ghostly conclusion to "Line of Best Fit", ethereal female backing vocals drifting out of the feedback to squeeze your heart ever so slowly. Oh sorry, it's a rock album. Of sorts. But with the exception of the bubblegum fix of "Pictures in an Exhibition", this is an album which requires an investiture of time to appreciate it. Hey, if you've heard of them then I'm sure you already own this, but if you've been introduced to them by a friend, then take that friend, hug them, and listen to this together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "musicfan2456367" on 5 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite album at the moment. Have just recently got into them, but like this much more than the later stuff (not too keen on the stereotypical West-Coast-kermit-the-frog singing style).
There's genuinely not a bad track on this album, my (high)lights are 'Bend To Squares', 'Amputations' and the shattering suicide-music of 'Line Of Best Fit'. The outstanding musician is the drummer, and the emo stuff is balanced with some pop-indie-rock numbers. Semi-related UK stuff? Doves - "Lost Souls" ; Supergrass - "Supergrass"
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Armistead on 27 Jun 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the earliest works of Death Cab For Cutie. Indeed a number of tracks can also be found on the compliation of their earliest tracks 'You can play these songs with chords'. It's a time when DCFC are still somewhat finding their style and the album therefore mixes the typical lo-fi style of 'We have the facts...' along with other stranger elements that appear to have disappeared (notably the lengthy instrumentals). The album is far from perfect, the number of inserted 'speech' tracks is a bit tiresome and some of the tracks dont have the winning melodies of say 'The Photo Album', but it's certainly an interesting look at their musical roots.
What's particularly commendable is that there are a few amazing songs on here. The first three, 'Bend to square', 'President of what?' and 'Champagne from a paper cup' are all fantastic and the epic finale of 'Line of best fit' ends the album in true Death Cab style.
Not their best work and a little pricey but still well worth a look.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent debut for a great band 11 Jan 2003
By Jason Panella - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Death Cab for Cutie's 1999 debut was simultaniously familiar and an expedition into brave new territory; in essence, a fuzzy lo-fi gem.
A few of the tracks here are gleaned from singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Ben Gibbard's demo tapes (You Can Play These Songs With Chords, rereleased by Barsuk in 2002), and the great tunesmithing found there is even better this time around. While that might form the core of the tracks, the newer songs are just as good.
"Bend to Squares" starts Something About Airplanes off on a good note, a swirling mix of distorted (as well as acoustic) guitars and cello. The next track, "President of What?", sounds like the Zombies on speed, complete with an extremely memorable organ line.
Yeah, a few of the tracks do blend together, but several listens will cement certain parts of the album into your mind permenantly: the "I'm definitely shaking" section on the power-popish "Pictures in an Exhibition"; the chiming electric guitar channel on the almost twangy "Sleep Spent"; the entire song "Amputations," one of the finest songs Gibbard has written; and the shoegazing swell of album closer "Line of Best Fit," in which the harmonized male/female vocals are near hypnotic over the throbbing guitars.
On the downside...there really isn't one. The lo-fi quality of the recording might be hard to take for someone not accustom to it, but the songs themselves are what really counts.
As far as what the band sounds like, I'd say they are far far far away from the "emo" tag many have wrongly labeled them with. The Built to Spill references aren't dead on either, but I will say Death Cab for Cutie could be compared to a more fuzzed out There's Nothing Wrong With Love-era BTS, minus Doug Martsch's guitar heroics.
Something About Airplanes is a melodic, creative, and lush album that is a great starting point for a wonderful band. I highly recommend it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.5 Stars... Excellent reissue/deluxe edition 13 Dec 2008
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What a year 2008 is turning out to be for Death Cab for Cutie. Their latest album "Narrow Stairs" was generally well received, both critically and commercially, earlier this year, and now, just in time to wrap up the year, comes this re-release/deluxe edition of the band's debut album from 10 years ago, with a bonus live CD from that era.

"Something About Airplanes" (2 CDs; 17 tracks; 78 min.) first brings the original album (10 tracks; 43 min.), which was released in August, 1998. This is a very strong debut album, no question, and indeed it is astonishing to hear how solid the band sounds, keeping in mind that they only formed in the summer of 1997. All the elements that would eventually lift DCFC into the more mainstream are already visibly in place here: pensive, dynamic and atmospheric tracks. From the opening sounds of "Bend to Squares", on to outstanding gems like "Pictures in an Exhibition, to "Sleep Spent" to the epic closer "Line of Best Fit", it's all here. In fact, this album is stronger than its follow-up "We Have the Facts" album, but that's just my opinion...

CD2 (7 tracks; 34 min.) brings the band's entire show from Seattle's Crocodile Cafe in February, 1998, 6 months before the release of the "Airplanes" album, and it is an outstanding addition to the album. From the sound of it, there weren't a lot of people there that particular evening, but it's irrelevant really. The band plays a couple of their earliest tunes (such as "Your Bruise"), and also several tunes that would end up on the album such as "President of What?', "Fake Frown", "Amputations" and "Pictures in an Exhibition". It's fascinating to hear these versions and how they compare to the eventual studio tracks they'd become. The band is in good form throughout, with a lot of banter in between songs, just great.

In all, this is is a very worthwhile "Deluxe Reissue", even if you own the original album. I saw DCFC in concert again several times this year, and they just keep on getting bigger and better. Maybe some fans of the early years are cringing that DCFC is getting so much commercial acclaim these days, but they shouldn't really. Their success is hard earned and much deserved.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Really different stuff 3 May 2004
By Abby - Published on
Format: Audio CD
An interesting mix of inspired mellow rock and moody calm, Something About Airplanes is the highly listenable, infectious debut from Death Cab for Cutie, a band that has now released several other albums and enjoyed a moderate amount of success. From listening to this, it's not hard to see why. Death Cab is bouncier than Coldplay and calmer than Modest Mouse, finding a nice niche in between. "Bend To Squares" and "Your Bruise" have a gothic feel, while "President of What" and "Pictures in an Exhibition" are a little lighter feel to them. I wonder about how the band was spread around amongst so many people, since almost all of these tracks are too different to be played on radio. I can only think that it must have been word of mouth, because after hearing this, I had to tell everyone I knew about them. Hopefully my review will have convinced another listener unfamiliar with the group to buy this album and start listening to the band's other releases as well.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My only problem--its way too short!! 15 Nov 2004
By "laurielooo" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love Death Cab, and Ben Gibbard is probably one of my favourite singers as of right now (who knows when that will change) However, this is a great album with some great songs, and an overall great cd for Death Cab. My opinion is most likely slanted since I bought Transatlanticism first, and with so much more to offer, this one seems a little weak, but its still definitley one of my favourites. It's a bit short, but well worth it.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not their best 15 Mar 2005
By "clifty333" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Good cd, sugary sweet by any standards, but good nonetheless! Nothing wrong with having a pop sound. Personally I thought Transatlanticism was a bit better. Some people are afraid to like pop music becuase they are afraid that it's not "ïndie enough" for them. Some people are so wrapped up in being indie that they are missing out on good music. Like music for music and forget about what people say about it.
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