Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Death Cab For Cutie - Plans Review

Death Cab For Cutie - Plans (2005, Atlantic Records)

Transatlanticism, Death Cab For Cutie's 2003 masterpiece concerning distances both real and imagined gave a generation of O.C.-watching indie kids a band to crown as their kings. My CTC pal, Patrick, introduced me to Death Cab years ago, well before The O.C. catapulted them into the public eye. While I'm happy for the band's success (they earned every ounce of it with years of touring and hard work) it's still a little sad that they belong to everyone now and not just to me.

Their major label debut, Plans, is a continued exploration of the sound they perfected on Transatlanticism. This time out, Gibbard has chosen the subject of death as the album's central theme. Plans is about falling in love with the right person and realizing that you're going to have to watch them die one day. "Love is watching someone die." Gibbard sings that line on one of the album's last tracks and it sums up Plans in a nutshell. It also shows considerable maturity on Gibbard's part, who clearly recognizes the difference between fleeting infatuation and true love.

Plans is a wonderful album and should bring Death Cab For Cutie to the attention of even more listeners.



Blogger Josh said...

I am super stoked for you man. I am wondering if yo remember me? I am also Josh. We met in Virginia Beach about 6-7 years ago. I managed a Movie Gallery that you would come in to. We talked forever about movies, I still have a copy of a screenplay that you wrote. Send me an email JWalker8@swfla.rr.com. It would be cool to hear from you.


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