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Transatlanticism

Death Cab for Cutie, Afghan Whigs Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fierce Panda
  • ASIN: B0000C84M2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The New Year
2. Lightness
3. Title and Registration
4. Expo '86
5. The Sound of Settling
6. Tiny Vessels
7. Transatlanticism
8. Passenger Seat
9. Death of an Interior Decorator
10. We Looked Like Giants
11. A Lack of Color

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US underground sensations’ fourth studio album is truly a major work, blending subtle intelligent songwriting, amazing production, boundless creativity, and thoughtful rock. All wrapped up in super lush artwork this is a ‘must-have’ record.

Review

Death Cab For Cutie play truly emotive rock with awe-ispiring conviction. -- Time Out, October 8, 2003

Their best offering to date: dreamy and lovelorn in places, but also epic, gritty and twisted in others. -- Kerrang!, September 20, 2003

This is a record of rare beauty and poise. -- Uncut, November, 2003

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is It 25 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First of all you've got to get over the name. It's a terrible, terrible name. Every time I tell a friend that they have to buy the new album by Death Cab for Cutie their eyes glaze over and no amount of missionary-zeal at the glorious music of this album can ever win them back. But it's important to keep trying, because when this album gets you, it's for the long term.
The first couple of times through, Transatlanticism pretends to be a pretty good indie rock album. The opener "The New Year" pushes all the right buttons and proper pop songs like Expo '86 and The Sound of Settling have you humming along. A few piano ballads lead the way to a full-on rocker in We Look Like Giants and the Elliot-Smith-a-like A Lack of Color closes the album on a strangely low key note. But then you listen again, and again, and you realise that there's much more to it than that.
I could go on about the beautiful melodies, the keen sense of unease, and wonderful lyrics of heartbreak, regret and warm melancholy all day frankly, but I'll keep this short and just say something about the title track.
Epic in scope, full of intelligence and central to the album's theme of love ended by distance it's a perfectly realised gem. Beginning from a simple piano refrain, Ben Gibbard starts singing oddly about how the Atlantic was created and how, though "most people were overjoyed," he "thought it less like a lake and more like a moat." More images of insurmountable distance are added before he lays his cards on the table "I need you so much closer" he repeats again and again. And then, after the music has built up towards it's peak, he lets go of all his studied articularcy and simply sings "So come on, come on" as if there's nothing more he can do. I'm telling you, it's a heartbreaker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overused but accurate superlative: awesome! 22 May 2008
By Duncan
Format:Audio CD
Bought this soon after its release, on recommendation. Must have listened to it in the five years since more than any other album I own. Melody, pace, lyics, everything works perfectly. Still their best album IMHO.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have you been all my life 8 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
I hadnt really heard of Death Cab For Cutie ubtil a couple of months ago and thought they were good but was not sure if they were good enough for me to buy an album of theirs.
Then a couple of days ago i borught this ablum and have not stopped listening to it since then. It is one of those albums that is so mellow and fun to listen to. My favourite song if i had to pick one would be title and registration but be fair all of the songs are brillant. I think i might have to buy more albums of theirs at some point.
I would totally recomend if like people like snow patrol and elliott smith.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time... 20 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was amazed that there hadn't been a review of this album yet, especially with Death Cab's relative popularity at the moment, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I bought this album after loving Plans, and upon the first few listens I just thought it was like the band said, "if Transatlanticism is the inhale, Plans is the exhale" - This album just seemed to me to be an inferior version of Plans just with some heavier guitar chucked in for good measure. As I gave the album more and more listens I realised that it had another dimension to it. There are songs on this album that just suddenly hit you with their greatness, 'We Looked Like Giants' a prime example.

Ben Gibbard's beautifully clear lyrics are in abundance here, and there are a number of heartwarming and heartbreaking songs on offer here - Tiny Vessels ("she was beautiful, but she didn't mean a thing to me"), the epic, narrowly optimistic title track - ("I need you so much closer now") and the excellent closer A Lack Of Color - ("And when I see you, I really see you upside down. But my brain knows better, it picks you up and turns you round")

I think that the truly good thing about this album is the way that it surprises you with each listen, you'll be settled into a song and it'll suddenly move in another direction. All in all, this is a catchy, tender, thoughtful, and epic piece of work from a fine band.

I can't comment on any of their early albums, but I'd also recommend Plans, another excellent album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Initially Beguiling, Ultimately Fulfilling 30 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Approaching an album like 'Transatlanticism' subjectively is difficult. Given the iconically cult nature, not only of the album, but also of the band themselves, it is impossible to approach this record without an exciting tingle of anticipation. Having grown to appreciate the bittersweet subtleties of their most recent album 'Plans', I was preparing for an experience that delivered such melancholic beauty, but in a more emotively powerful and ungoverned manner.

With such a high level of anticipation, it was almost inevitable that my first reaction would be one of vague disappointment. Their were occassional highlights such as the exlosive thundering of opening track 'New Year'. Indeed the opening lyrics were very promising as they declared "So this is the New Year/And I don't feel any different". This fitted in with my own personal belief about the falseness of New Year as a time of seemingly instant change. Similarly the florescent bubbling of 'Sound of Settling', and its irreverent chorus of "Bah bah/This is the sound of settling/Bah bah, bah bah" made a positive impression upon my mind. But the rest of the album just seemed to slide by. Very few tracks distinguished themselves and towards the end I began to fear that 'Transatlanticism's' reputation was merely an insubstantial smokescreen.

That was, however, until I reached the final track 'A Lack of Colour'. Anyone with a penchant for the lonesome combination of a soulful singer and his acoustic guitar cannot fail to be struck by the heartfelt simplicity of this song. While it gradually introduces dual vocals and a light bean-shaker beat, there is still the sense that frontman Ben Gibbard has complete seclusion. Indeed the occasional wave sound effects make it seem as if he is marooned on a desert island somewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought for a friend
I've listened to it and its everything I wanted it to be. Amazing quality of sound also the packaging was great so the product came without any damage.
Published 4 months ago by Megan Warren
2.0 out of 5 stars Great album but poor quality
The tracks are great, possibly their best album, but there is an annoying crackle through the left channel when the music picks up. Such a shame.
Published 5 months ago by Lewis Hull
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of DCFC ?
Buy this and Plans, and you will hve two great albums by this greatly under-rated group who reached their zenith 10 years ago. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Martin J. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
To be completely honest, i was blown away by how amazing this album was. I listened to it on CD and it was so emotional and well produced, exactly what you would expect from them... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by E. Pegler
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every listen.
The first few times, Transatlanticism comes across as a good album, with the catchy melodies of The Sound of Settling and Expo '86 sticking in the listener's mind and making them... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by electroencephalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite album
This is not only my favourite Death Cab for Cutie album, this is one of my favourite of all albums. The songs are deep and melancholic, and I keep returning to hear it over and... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Claire Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Transatlanticism
I bought `Transatlanticism' on the strength of the title track alone and was left amazed at how good the rest of the album was. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars There best work still..
I'm also surprised by the lack of reviews for this remarkable album so thought I have to had my own. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2008 by D. Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite ever albums!
There are not many CDs you can buy that have so many good songs on it, they'll have a one or two that you recognise and like and the rest of it is really... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2006 by GS Minhas
4.0 out of 5 stars Transatlanticism
I can't give five stars as there are some weaker moments in this album, but overall it is a great and varied collection of songs. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2006 by Mr. Ralph Darvill
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