6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
death cab anymore?.........,
This review is from: Transatlanticism (Audio CD)
LO-FI indie rock is the path that dcfc originally walked down. they made some great albums, 'We have the facts and we're voting yes' being my favourite, but the 'Photo Album' also contained a number of truely inspiring tracks. 'A Movie Script Ending', '405' and 'Company Calls' being some of my favourites. Then they made Transatlanticism.
Do not get me wrong, this is a fantastic album; but i don't think it is what made me love them. Rock is a much greater part of their sound now, and it tends to be anthemic rock, rather than the highly intricate and delightful rock (or at least indie) that we've seen before in songs like 'company calls'.
DCFC do still have a great ear for melody, and it comes in pints on this album. I am particularly fond of track 2 'Lightness' that still has the hooks that old DCFC had yet is much darker in atmosphere that anything i have heard from them before. 'Passenger Seat', 'Expo 86' and 'Tiny Vessels' are also very much worth investigating. In fact it is difficult to find a single dud track on the album. It is in fact pretty perfect - except the song 'Title and registration' that comes immediately after 'Lightness' is such a change in atmosphere and tempo that it feels a tad misplaced but this is MAJOR QUIBBLING on my part.
Ben Gibbard still displays his nack for writing interesting and engaging lyrics. In fact I've just heard the song 'The Dream of Evan and Chan' which is a collaboration between Dntel and Ben Gibbard which beautifully demonstrates the delicate and wonderfully interesting lyrics that he is capable of writing.
I cannot recommend this album enough to a Death Cab noobie, but if you want a more challenging and rewarding listen, buy 'We Have The Facts....." or 'The Photo Album' instead.
5 out of 5 - rocked up, but still beautiful.