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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 (19 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Fierce Panda
  • ASIN: B00005YUE6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Steadier footing
2. Movie script ending
3. We laugh indoors
4. Information travels
5. Why you'd want to live here
6. Blacking out the friction
7. I was a kaleidoscope
8. Styrofoam plates
9. Coney Island
10. Debate exposes doubt

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Death Cab for Cutie - The Photo Album

At the tail-end of the 1990s, Death Cab For Cutie enjoyed an existence as one of the secret jewels of America's Washington state. With The Photo Album, the band's third, but first domestically available full-length, things are looking more optimistic for the world beyond the Pacific Northwest. Death Cab's first two albums, We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes and Something About Airplanes earned the quartet quite a few, though not unwelcome comparisons to fellow northwesterners Built to Spill. It's easy to see why on the tracks "I Was A Kaleidoscope" and the Los-Angeles-bashing "Why You'd Want To Live Here". But the dirge ends here, and with it the how-emo-can-you-go comparisons. Singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard's primary talent lies in capturing lyrical snapshots that turn seemingly insignificant moments into life-affirming events, and he renders them in the hushed wounded-little-boy vocals that make Elliott Smith similarly endearing (see the quiet vitriol of "Styrofoam Plates" and "Information Travels Faster"). Death Cab truly come into their own on the album highlight, the lush and winsome "A Movie Script Ending". Misty-eyed melodies and shifting layers of guitar and piano complete the picture, and it's undeniably one worth treasuring.--Leslie Gilotti

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "stalinkilledkirov" on 30 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
It was a summer's day like any other, only on this day I'd just been given a very generous increase on my credit card limit by my very kind bank manager! Naturally the plastic was burning a hole in my pocket so I thought I'd put it to use and extend my cd collection. I was searching Amazon for bands that I already knew, trying to find more obscure but similar bands to branch out a little in my cd collection. And that's when it happened... I was searching for Nada Surf (great band) cds when I came across these guys who (regrettably) I'd never heard of until that fateful day. Death Cab For Cutie? I wondered. Who are they? But with the feeling that it would be rude for me not to make a purchase on my new credit card I took a chance and I snatched up a copy of 'The Photo Album'. Well two days (and a lot of credit card abuse) later I received what has swiftly become my most played cd. The album is superb and the lyrics are thought provoking poems that even read alone without the music would be worth the money. But, the music too is as superb, with a great mixture of guitar, drums and piano. So basically, when I get my credit card bill I'll at least take some solace in the fact that I have been introduced to this amazing band!
I recommend anyone with a credit card to follow my teachings and buy this album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Armistead on 4 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the best from the DCFC catalogue. Thats not to say the rest of the albums are mediocre, they are all fantastic in their own right. This collection however combines all the ingredients of classis Death Cab; the thoughtful and honest lyrics, the storming guitars and melancholic piano. The photo album does exactly what it says on the tin, rather than being a mere collection of nice tunes each songs encaptures a memory or story that is recollected by the talented songwriter Ben Gibbard. Songs that emphasise this include the powerful 'Styrofoam Plates'; an angry attack at a father who desserted his family, and 'Why you'd want to live here'; which reveals the darker side of Los Angeles. Other highlights on the album include the singles 'A movie script ending' and 'I was a kaleidoscope' and the fantastic live favourite 'Blacking out the Friction' (for me the stand out track of the album). Some call them indie, some call them emo, who cares? They're a great band and this album highlights that.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
DCFC paint ten pictures, from the quiet and subtle 'Steadier Footing' to the explosive 'We Laugh Indoors'. Like their previous albums, there's an even mix of soft and hard, with some pop in between. What holds it all together is how each song captures the depth of feelings of a situation. The details of the winter break-up in 'I Was A Kaleidoscope' are perfect, the way you remember the scene better than any of what was said. 'Why You'd Want To Live Here' is a perfect vignette about Los Angles, "as UV rays degrade our youth with time."
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Marwood VINE VOICE on 27 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The Photo Album" is the third full length effort from Washington State's Death Cab For Cutie, and shows them at their most tender. Often compared with US post-rock acts such as Built To Spill or Modest Mouse, Death Cab sail closer to the mainstream than the previous two and are almost in danger of being (heaven forbid) popular. Never fear though, because just when you though DCFC could write perfect pop songs they have a tendency to put instrumental interludes in the middle of songs (see 'Styrofoam Plates', 'We Laugh Indoors'). Whilst this is all well and good, it tends to break up the otherwise perfect flow.
Undoubtedly the highlight of this album is second track "A Movie Script Ending", which sums up perfectly the style of DCFC - the guitars are clean and high in the mix, the bass and drums are soft and the high, soft vocals of Ben Gibbard are yearning and heartfelt and work well with the poignant lyrics. Make no mistake, every slow indie band (Coldplay, Keane, Travis) would choose to sound like this if they could. This is generally what to expect from this album as a whole. Right from the opening track 'Steadier Footing', Gibbard sets the scene for heartbreak with a tale of missed chances set to a backdrop of atmospheric organ and light percussion.
The key to DCFC lies at the door of Ben Gibbard. Not only does his voice have quite a unique register, he has a great talent for songwriting both musically and lyrically. His general style allows you to believe you are actually there with him, and that you're sharing his experience rather than just listening to a story. This is especially apparent in 'Styrofoam Plates' with lines like "it's no stretch to say you were not quite a father, but a donor of seeds to a young single mother who would raise us alone..".
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