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If you are into mid-fi, slow indie rock you can't go wrong with this. Really reminds me of Pedro the Lion, maybe Luna if you lose the spacey sounds, maybe Modest Mouse on sedatives (but then again I make weird comparisons.) True music lovers must and will (I'm sure) check this stuff out.
"Title Track" opens as he shares an evening and a cigarette with a female friend. The night of conversation turns physical. Before the moment has even started, Gibbard is already into regret, but he retains some hope.
That hope is quickly killed two songs later in "For What Reason." The song takes a nimble bass line, harsh guitars, and lots of noise to add to the bitterness of Gibbard lashing out at the woman for being "so slick with that sarcastic slew of phrases like 'I thought you knew,' while keeping me in hot pursuit." What he does not know is that she is engaged.
Hopes and desires crushed, the story takes a detour as Gibbard takes to the road for the songs "Lowell, MA" (named after Jack Kerouac's hometown for obvious reasons), "405," and "Little Fury Bugs," using the free time for introspection.
The climax of the story happens over the pair "Company Calls" and "Company Calls Epilogue". Now the singer continues the thread, pleading for the woman to "destroy this mock shrine." However, Gibbard isn't able to convey these thoughts. "The figures on your wedding cake" do not represent him so he decides he must keep his distance, "mail(ing) a postcard sending greetings from the Eastern Block" instead of crashing the wedding. But he can't just sit there. In the "...Epilogue," the guitar sound becomes almost mournful as Gibbard shows up at the wedding, merely a guest at the celebration for the death of his dreams.Read more ›
Comparisons to Built to Spill I've seen should warn listeners that they may love BTS, but this album may not have enough get-up-and-go for them. Still, this record had held my attention much longer than BTS's latest effort.
1. Title Track - Great intro to this album, very emotional. 9/10
2. Employment Pages - Has a more positive sound than Title Track, good guitar work. 8/10
3. For What Reason - Perhaps my favorite track on the album, the vocals and guitar are both stunning. 10/10
4. Lowell, Ma - Lyrics that are sad yet also fun to sing, and a killer drum beat that will stay in your head for days! 9/10
5. 405 - Has a sad sound to it, even though the guitar is in a higher tone. "You keep twisting the truth.." 8/10
6. Little Fury Bugs - My least favorite from the album, very sad but still good. 6/10
7. Company Calls - An upbeat change from "Little Fury Bugs", it makes you want to get up and dance. The chorus is almost like a happy yell. 10/10
8. Company Calls Epilogue - Similar lyrics as "Company Calls" but now with a very solemn tone. 8/10
9. No Joy in Mudville - Very sad and slow song that builds up to the chorus. Gibbard's cries will raise your hair. 9/10
10. Scientist Studies - More happy sounding than the previous few, excellent guitar/keyboard and a pleasant way to end this 5-star album. 9/10
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Will forever be a favorite. Lots of people will think it's depressing work or that you're depressed but it just sounds sad because the messages are realistic and relatable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anthony P.
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 16 months ago by Jacky
I'm only commenting on the quality of the vinyl here-- NOT the music. Most people that know this band consider this to be one of their best releases and I would have to agree. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Wesley D. Headley
I love these songs. The songwriting is spectacular. This was a great jumping point for Death Cab for Cutie and indicated the direction of the band.Published on January 9, 2014 by Tom Firme
This is just a good DCFC album. Lots of slow songs, not something to get your heart pumping. The lyrics are vauge at points and story-telling.Published on December 24, 2013 by Heather
Almost 15 years later, this album still gets me every time. Many of the songs are on regular rotation on my playlist, I still almost never skip over them. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Bill P
as my musical tastes have evolved, i shy away from hit songs, and look for albums that have a unity and whole sound to them. this is one of those. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Lincoln Washington
I think every Death Cab album is magnificent in their own way and every album is wonderful but if I had to choose between any of them to be my favorite one, this ones a winner. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by jesalbert42
The disc was in perfect condition. The case was cracked but who cares about the case? As long as the cd plays with no skips, i am happy. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Shan