Listen with
Join Amazon Prime now
You get unlimited access to over a million songs, curated playlists, and ad-free stations with Amazon Prime. Play album in Library Get the free Amazon Music app for iOS or Android to listen on the go.
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Codes and Keys has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This is a ex library Disk, stickers and markings accordingly. REFURBISHED media (Disk) with no marks or scratches. Media cartridge, if applicable, appears functional. Packaging may show slight signs of wear as may the cover art, liner notes and inserts. Ultaviolet Digital Copy Code, if applicable, is not Valid/Available.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$13.49
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: Fulfillment Express US
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Codes and Keys

4.3 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Prime Music Join Prime Prime Members
Codes and Keys
"Please retry"
Streaming 
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, May 31, 2011
"Please retry"
$7.99
$3.99 $0.01
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
$7.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Codes and Keys
  • +
  • Plans [Vinyl]
  • +
  • Kintsugi
Total price: $43.14
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

2011 album from the Alt-Rock heroes. The album breaks away, though not completely, from the guitar-driven style of the band known so well to fans, making use of piano and electronically centered songs that will undoubtedly meet their expectations.
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
4:04
Play in Library $1.29
 
2
30
3:21
Play in Library $1.29
 
3
30
3:10
Play in Library $1.29
 
4
30
5:37
Play in Library $1.29
 
5
30
4:46
Play in Library $1.29
 
6
30
6:09
Play in Library $1.29
 
7
30
4:18
Play in Library $1.29
 
8
30
2:52
Play in Library $1.29
 
9
30
3:24
Play in Library $1.29
 
10
30
4:28
Play in Library $1.29
 
11
30
2:50
Play in Library $1.29
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004OAPF6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Death Cab for Cutie Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: MP3 Music
In 2005, Death Cab For Cutie made a move that, according to some, was the biggest mistake of their career; they switched from indie label Barsuk to Atlantic. Whether or not this is true, many indie bands have experienced backlash from fans from making such moves; just ask former indie darling Liz Phair and to a much lesser degree, Modest Mouse. Death Cab frontman, Ben Gibbard, however, could not be less concerned with such an issue. In the current issue of Spin magazine, he stated, "Some people were like, `I'll never buy their records again.' Good, don't buy our records! If the only reason you listened to our band is that we're on an indie label, that's totally ridiculous."

Certainly the last two major label releases from Death Cab were not bad records. They were a step down from the classic We Have the Facts And We're Voting Yes and Transatlanticism albums, but would another indie release have been able to hold its ground with those records anyway? Plus, a lot has changed for Gibbard since those recordings. He has stopped drinking, started running, and married musician/actress Zooey Deschanel. In short, Gibbard is, dare I say, happy. So has all of this affected the overall sound of Death Cab For Cutie on their seventh proper album (and third for Atlantic), Codes And Keys? Yes and no.

First of all, if you are looking for the saddening, heartbreaking lyrics you have come to expect, you may find yourself slightly disappointed. Gone are the, "I will hold a candle up to you to singe your skin. Brace yourself: I'm bent with bitterness," and the, "Yeah, you are beautiful but you don't mean a thing to me" lyrics. Now, the band encourages you not to let sadness overcome you.
Read more ›
1 Comment 36 of 37 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Death Cab for Cutie do dramatic emotionalism better than just about any American Band working this turf today. Gloomy Guy Ben Gibbards still sings like a depressed teenage poet, and the rest of the band swirl behind him in a vortex of murk. "Codes and Keys" maintains the forward thinking experimentation of 2008's "Narrow Stairs," but you're still going to recognize these songs as Death Cab as soon as you hear them.

What "Codes and Keys" does do is push harder for atmosphere. The guitars are pushed back in the production to make way for webs of synthesizers and echoing keyboards. When it works, like on "Doors Unlocked and Open," you start wondering if DCFC has been poking around the Eno or Roxy Music albums. But when the decide to let guitars run the song ("You Are a Tourist," the best song here), it makes you wish they would have spent a bit more time on "Codes and Keys" being straightforward. Something they do at the album's closing, "Stay Young, Go Dancing," perhaps the first time the band has ever recorded a genuine love song.

This is easily the most convoluted production the band (and long time producer Chris Walla) have ever attempted. Ben Gibbard, in particular, is processed through all sorts of effects, not always to his benefit. The musical experimentation that led to things like the extended opening to "I Will Possess Your Heart" or the gentle "Grapevine Fires" is replaced by more atmosphere and studio gimmickry. "Codes and Keys" is still a fine album, maybe even more Postal Service than DCFC, and I hope the pull the reins back towards simplicity for the next album.
1 Comment 14 of 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I saw Death Cab in '06 at the Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Since then I've been a big fan and followed their music closely. I was really excited to listen to Codes And Keys, but unsure of what to expect after reading the Spin mag article where Gibbard said the new cd would reflect where he is in life. He's emotionally matured and put his hard-partying days behind. In a nutshell, he stopped drinking and married actress Zooey Deschanel.

I've listened to the the cd streaming for the last week and I'm glad to report Gibbard's life may have changed, but the music is just as good as it's always been. I'll admit the cd is a departure from the band's typical fare. Usually I think Death Cab and I think of somber or dark songs like "I Will Possess Your Heart" from Narrow Stairs. This isn't the case with this cd, which is less melancholy than previous albums. In past albums Death Cab's fantastic guitar work has been front and center. With this cd, the band has taken their original guitar sound and enhanced it. I love the prominent addition of piano as well as electronics, in particular the song "Home Is A Fire." The band even adds a string section in "Codes and Keys."
.
Gibbard took experiences from his collaborative electronic work with Postal Serivce/Dntel and injected his own take on electronic music into this DCFC album. This cd grabbed my attention quickly and each listen reveals more depth and meaning of the songs. The band is growing up, but not showing its age. This album is bold, beautifully produced and a must purchase for any DCFC fan.
13 Comments 47 of 60 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
It's hard to keep this album off of constant rotation. It's nothing groundbreaking, but DCFC knows how to write songs, period.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Topic From this Discussion
MP3 Download
They don't do preorders (I don't think) for MP3 downloads. Check back on Tuesday when it releases and it should be there.
May 28, 2011 by PandA |  See all 5 posts
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Codes and Keys
This item: Codes and Keys
Price: $7.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com


Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: vinyl pop