Kintsugi by Death Cab for Cutie

Aimee Young
March 28, 2015

RATING:

82

%

TRACKS:

11

LABEL:

Atlantic Records

RELEASE DATE:

03/31/15


Death Cab for Cutie is a band from Bellingham, Washington that formed back in 1997. Band members include Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, and piano), Nick Harmer (bass,) Chris Walla (guitar) and Jason McGerr (drums.) Gibbard is also known as one-half of the electronic duo the Postal Service. Kintsugi is their eighth studio release and in 2014, Walla announced that he would be leaving the band after the recording was completed. His last performance with the band occurred on September 13, 2014, at the Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.

After listening to Kintsugi from start to finish, I have to say that there's a lot to enjoy here. Some of the tracks even remind me of their earlier work on Transatlanticism and Plans and the songwriting is the best it's been in years. The music of Death Cab for Cutie has often been labeled indie rock, indie pop, and alternative rock, and noted for Gibbard's distinctive voice. All that pretty much sums up the new record. It’s vintage Death Cab at play here. "I do think from start to finish it's a much better record than Codes and Keys. If that record turned anybody off, I feel pretty strongly that this one could win them back. There are threads in this one that connect back to our earliest stuff that people love." – Gibbard. Standout tracks include "Black Sun," “The Ghost of Beverly Drive,” “Little Wanderer,” “No Room in Frame” and “El Dorado.”

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