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"Styrofoam Plates" finds company with rage-against-the-father anthems like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies "Drunk Daddy" and Tool's "Prisonsex", unflinching in its portrayal of a betrayed child's emotions, while managing to avoid self-indulgence.
If DCFC are destined to have a breakthrough hit, I believe it will be "A Movie Script Ending" - a haunting, relentless anthem about long distance relationships and hours on the road. But there are other, more imaginative tracks on the album that deserve attention. "Information Travels Faster" is smart and catchy, and "Why You'd Want to Live Here" features some of the best drumming and risky syncopation I've heard in recent popular music. "Blacking Out the Friction" isn't afraid to change-up the rhythm in support of the message in the lyrics, showing off the natural rhythm of frontman Ben Gibbard's poetry - and it is poetry, much more so than just rhyming lyrics squashed within the time signature.
In fact, the drums are one of the biggest reasons to check out DCFC. Rather than being relegated to timekeeping, they take center stage as an instrument on this album, which might be confusing at first. A repetitive guitar line undulates during the instrumental interlude in "Styrofoam Plates," but the drums are playing their own melody line.Read more ›
I always liked DCfC's raw, more indie-sound anyway.
I went to a DCFC show in Portland for the Photo Album tour. I had only owned "We have the facts..." but wanted to check out if the new album would really be as good before purchasing. Not only did I buy "The Photo Album," but I had to bum my friend's last buck to get "Something About Airplanes" as well. Neither purchase was a waste of money.
Outstanding songs on the album include, but are not limited to:
#2 - A Movie Script Ending
#4 - Information Travels Faster
#5 - Why You's Want to Live Here - great tune to back up the lyrical images
#6 - Blacking Out the Friction
#8 - Styrofoam Plates - the best lyrics on the album
#9 - Coney Island
I have the tour edition of the CD that included 3 extra tracks. None of them could stand on there own, and it is not worth paying the extra bucks on eBay to get the tour edition. But the original 10 tracks are fantastic.
Probably a better starter album than "We have the facts..." because most of the tracks have a faster tempo and doesn't take as much devotion to really enjoy the record.
Steadier Footing: the melancholy tone of this song sets the mood for the whole album. It is a great opening song, it is short, but the lyrics are simple and strong. It is melodically pleasing, as are all of the other songs on the album. The poignant lyrics that have marked Death Cab's style are seen right from the first line in this song.
A Movie Script ending: wonderfully crafted song--the rhythm of the guitar and the steady beat are really mesmerizing and stick into your head for hours, if not days at a time. It is mellow, soft, but possesses an irresistibly catchy quality.
We Laugh Indoors: this track has a heavier beat, and is more moody. The whispered lyrics are a wonderful contrast to the persistent beat of the drum in the background. About half way into the track, when Gibbard starts mutedly screaming, the emotions really seep forth from his pained lyrics. It is wonderful, but then the somber mood returns until the song ends.
Information travels faster: I love this track. The backing melody reminds me of Depeche Mode, but that could just be me and my obsession with 80s music. The piano adds a spectacular elements to an already great song.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
awesome album! have been looking for this one to help complete my DCFC vinyl collection and was very happy with the price and condition.Published 10 months ago by Jacky
I wouldn't say it's the best Death Cab album, but it's definitely a great CD.Published 15 months ago by Katie
My boyfriend had been trying to find this album for a while and I eventually just bought it for him and surprised him and he loved it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C. G Richardson
First impressions: this is their formative years....The best was yet to come for DCFC....but Some enjoyable songs came from this album... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by 2-in-tahoe
The release date here in incorrect. I got this album (via napster at the time.. I've since paid in full for it! Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Jason Miles
I'm turned off by their fanbase, I have to give credit where it's due: Death Cab For Cutie is a good band of musicians, and Chris Walla/Ben Gibbard write some very smart lyrics and... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by V. Karen Smith
I knew that DCFC was an indie rock band that had received a lot of favorable reviews from the critics. Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by doctormanny
Indie-light band was in the throngs of making earnest, alternative rock at this point, and how effortless some of this tighter, more angular work seems when... Read more