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Death Cab For Cutie - Plans (2005) Retail CD
I've had this album for a while now, and it's grown to be one that I value a lot. I was a big fan of Transatlanticism, but I feel that Plans is a much more focused and coherent work, and flows better as an album.
Lyrically, Ben Gibbard touches upon the perils and joys of relationships, his thoughts on growing older, and mortality amongst other things. I feel that a reviewer a couple of reviews below has not given Ben enough credit when he points out a grammatical error in his lyrics. Ben Gibbard writes about deeply personal issues, and the "on accident" lyric from Brothers on a Hotel Bed maymore… well be a personal fault in someone close to him, almost an homage to fallability. Make no mistake, Mr Gibbard is a major factor in this review. The music itself is difficult to describe, however I feel that Tiny Vessels, Transatlanticism and Passenger Seat, from their Transatlanticism album, would be the best match for how this album sounds overall.
The album kicks off with the ever-expanding Marching Bands of Manhattan, with tender lyrical sentiments that build into a mini-crescendo of subdued distortion. From then on we are greeted with a variety of sounds and styles, from the now staple Death Cab crowd-pleasing ballad (I Will Follow You Into the Dark), to ponderings of life and death (What Sarah Said) and a closing track that deals with change and the aging process (Stable Song), which is in fact a re-working of the title track from the Stability EP.
If you are a fan of The Photo Album and/or Transatlanticism, there is plenty on this album to please. Even fans who prefer the earlier, lo-fi sounds of the first two CDs will appreciate the band's attempts to bring that sound out of its claustrophobic roots and out into more accessible territory. Time will tell on whether this album will get the appreciation it deserves, but one thing is for certain: this is an accomplished piece of work from a band that is currently at the top of their game.
Personally, I would recommend this album to existing DCFC fans, but also fans of Clarity-era Jimmy Eat World, the mellower moments of Sunny Day Real Estate, Straylight Run and even more progressive soft acts like Jeniferever. This is an essential purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in epic, emotive American indie music
|1||Marching Bands of Manhattan|
|2||Soul Meets Body|
|4||Different Names For The Same Thing|
|5||I Will Follow You Into The Dark|
|6||Your Heart Is An Empty Room|
|7||Someday You Will Be Loved|
|9||What Sarah Said|
|10||Brothers On A Hotel Bed|
- Death Cab For Cutie - Plans (2005) Retail CD
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