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5.0 out of 5 stars Death Cab's Best Work In Ten Years.
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...
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Rory B. Bellows
3.0 out of 5 stars Death Cab for Cutie - Seek to unlock a new direction
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. As such 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 such as the OC or Garden State. A shame really since Gibbard has written...
Published on 30 May 2011 by Red on Black
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Cab's Best Work In Ten Years.,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of their best albums,
This review is from: Codes and Keys (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure awesome,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)Chilled out, up beat, feel good. You name it, this album and band have it. Check out their other stuff too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, excellent band.,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (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.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not when compared.,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Codes & Keys,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)The Codes & Keys album by Death Cab for Cutie is stupendous! Driving rhythms and great words. I heard Codes & Keys on holiday and it stuck inside my head, so had to buy it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)A true gem amongst cubic zircona. Ben Gibbard delivers in style, with lush tunes amongst the promised lack of guitars. Appreciate the lyrical twists and turns coupled with the musical delights. If you like DCFC, you'll love this.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mind's Unlocked and Open,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)Hadn't heard of Deathcab until I saw them on the bill supporting Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters at MK Bowl, so I don't have a back catalogue to compare this against, instead I opted to put this straight into the music library on my phone to listen to at work and over the course of the past month the album has really grown on me and is up there with my favourites of the year so far.
The instant hit with me was 'Underneath the Sycamore', probably due to it's likeness to a Jimmy Eat World creation, needless to say this song was stuck in my head for a long time after the first listen. 'Doors Unlocked and Open' should have been the first track on the album, in my opinon, as it has a fantastic instrumental intro and is a track I'd happily put at the start of a playlist. 'Codes and Keys', 'Some Boys' & 'Monday Morning' can be placed alongside those two as my favourites from the album.
A really great find; a really great band. My mind's unlocked and open to their future releases, but I think I'll go back and get their earlier albums to see how they've progressed.
I'd recommend to anyone interested in indie rock who wants something a bit different.
4.0 out of 5 stars grower,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)Am a confirmed fan of Death Cab for Cutie, own all their work and have seen them live.
This album like much of their best work doesn't hit you between the eyes on first listen, more seeps into your subconscious over a period of time and you realise that you're humming a melody that you can't at first place and then realise it's DCFC's new album.
The album is typoically lyrically strong, but more subtle musically than the more mainstream Plans or Transatlanticism - more of a home hifi or earphone album than a car listen, which makes it in my opinion a more satisfying experience as you immerse yourself in the vocals and melodies that are intricately woven through this, arguably their most accomplished work to date.
5.0 out of 5 stars Different sound, but same great band,
This review is from: Codes And Keys (Audio CD)I didn't know what to expect from this album since I was reading loads of reviews about the "different sound." Naturally apprehensive, since I had no problem at all with the "old" sound!
All I can say is that may be true, but the music is still incredible. You get the usual understated tones, which still pack a punch.
I bought this for my husband since they are his favourite band (and mine), and from first listen, we were impressed. I could go on, but seriously - buy the album and see for yourself.
You just can't go wrong with this band...
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