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By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet’s catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. If anything, the band has never sounded more excited to experiment with textures, words, sounds and even ... Read more in Amazon's Death Cab for Cutie Store

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  • Vinyl (September 13, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Barsuk Records
  • ASIN: B000AHJJDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
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Musically, every song on this album is quite good.
John T. Schlachter
Crooked Teeth, Soul Meets Body, What Sarah Said, Your Heart is an Empty Room, and the amazing I'll Follow You Into the Dark are some of my favorites.
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This is one of the best albums by one of the best bands of all time.
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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Seigler on January 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Normally I try to avoid the hype machine that surrounds a band referenced or namechecked on "The OC" or some other blisteringly popular and annoying teen show. But something about the first single off Death Cab for Cutie's album "Plans" spoke to me in a way that nothing on the radio has in quite a while. So I picked up the album (keeping in mind that they were supposedly "Seth Cohen's favorite band" and not hold it against them). I can say I was pleasantly surprised.

I'm not going to pretend that I know the history of DCFC or their indie-rock roots. This is their major-label debut, and it's pleasantly against what you'd normally expect from a legendary cult band trying to achieve pop immortality on their very first major record. The album starts quietly, and ends quietly. In between, there are a lot of quiet songs.

A snoozefest, right? Not so.

The best tracks, besides "Soul Meets Body" are Summer Skin, I Will Follow You Into The Dark (an aching acoustic ballad that makes the listener weep), Crooked Teeth, What Sarah Said...really, the entire album lives up to the heady expectations that some will bring to it. It's not for everyone per se, but it has certainly had an effect on me.

Again, I'm new to the whole DCFC mythology and mythios. But I know great music when I hear it, and you can't do much better than "Plans". Nevermind the hype, this is the real deal.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Konczal on November 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every talented, original, innovative band that achieves success over a number of years inevitably reaches the point where a significant part of its fan base accuses the band of "selling out." This usually occurs when one or more of the following happens:

-the band receives major label backing
-the band gets a new producer and/or access to state-of the art production facilities
-the band members make a great leap forward in terms of musicianship and/or songwriting
-the band achieves commercial success and/or critical acclaim

For Death Cab for Cutie, all of the above occurred with "Plans." Studio gloss has sanded off Death Cab's rough edges, their songs have become tighter and more ambitious, and they have achieved nearly household name status. So naturally, their diehard fans who stuck with them through the lo-fi indie years have accused them of selling out.

While some call it "selling out," I call it "getting better." I have heard, and quite like, Death Cab's earlier work, particularly "We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes" and "Transatlanticism." "Plans" does for Death Cab what "OK Computer" did for Radiohead: it marks their great leap from rock's best-kept secret to a band that's finally achieving the success they deserve through hard work and persistent innovation.

I began listening to "Plans" at the same time I was studying Baroque music at Rutgers. I was quite astonished at how classically constructed Death Cab's songs are. I won't elevate Ben Gibbard and company to Bach's level just yet, but many of their songs - particularly "Marching Bands of Manhattan" and "What Sarah Said" - exhibit the "motoric rhythm" found in Bach's concertos.
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166 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stephens on August 30, 2005
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If you liked "Give Up" then buy this album immediately. If you think the move towards a more produced sound is going to piss you off, give you more major label woes, you might want to look elsewhere. I don't know, pick up an old Neutral Milk Hotel album and gripe about how everyone is selling out. Me, though, I think this is their best album in a few years. They didn't lose any edge when they jumped onto the label, they just got a better studio for Chris Walla to work his magic. My recommendation? Buy the album. Then again, I just like music, and if I can hear it better, more crisp, more produced, and hence, a better listen? All the better. As long as Atlantic doesn't try to change the whole thing Death Cab has going for them in their sound, then they're still one of the best groups around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sor_Fingers on February 26, 2006
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Death Cab for Cutie's Plans is an important album in their career in two ways: the first being that it is their first album on a major label and its the first album they have released since Gibbard finished his work with his side project, The Postal Service. The first plus that this CD has to offer is that long time DCfC fans will not be disappointed, the record label changed but the music did not. The band is simply doing the same type of music that they did before, they have not sold out and gone commercial to appeal to the masses. The band produces solid, deep and mature music that washes over the listener over and over again. Gibbard's lyrics are as powerful as ever. His rhyming differs from the norm and the images he evokes are extremely powerful (my personal favorite being on the first cut where he wishes to open his mouth wide enough for a marching band to march out and call out the name of a far away loved one). The lyrics stand alone as poetry without the music, and the music justly complements the beautiful words Gibbard has written. As a follow up from the Postal Service, much of the musical writing relies far more on intricate interwoven textures than it does on swelling guitar chords. Sometimes the music even takes on the persona of Postal Service-esque electro-pop. The most song that has this element the strongest is "Soul Meets Body." It's quite interesting to hear a electronica inspired groove played on live instruments with a band. The best of many worlds have been incorporated with this album making another very strong release for Death Cab for Cutie.
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Death Cab for Newbies?
My list could go on and on..but here are my top favorites of both bands. :) Hope it helps!
Death Cab For Cutie:
What Sarah Said
Crooked Teeth
A Lack of Color
Your Heart is an Empty Room
Soul Meets Body
I Will Follow You into the Dark

Postal Service:
Sleeping In
Such Great Heights

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