AOTY 2018

Thank You For Today

Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #586 / 702
User Score
Based on 102 ratings
2018 Ratings: #540
August 17, 2018 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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With eight other studio albums under their belt and 20 years as a band, Thank You for Today surprises by offering a fresh take on Death Cab’s familiar sound: an album that’s grown-up without being musty.

The Independent
A benchmark DCFC record and, barring a surprise ‘drop’ from The National, the most immersive alt-rock album you’ll hear all year.
The Guardian
At this point, Death Cab have settled into a sound that eschews experimentation: in a sense this is MOR music. Nothing surprises, nothing jolts, but it’s so expertly judged, such a warm fug of melancholia, that it’s all but irresistible, like slipping into delicious self-pity.
‘Thank You for Today’ feels like the first opportunity the band have been afforded in a long while to genuinely move forwards.
The Line of Best Fit

Thank You For Today is a blend of old and new Death Cab that could appeal to the mainstream – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You have Gibbard’s forlorn yet criticising voice, the personal yet accessible lyrics, the melodic yet clashing guitars, which all create an incredibly atmospheric record, brimming with nostalgia, defeat – and hope.

Northern Transmissions
Death Cab For Cutie do offer some sharp single-like material here that keeps the album from feeling overtly stagnant.

Death Cab for Cutie is a band that always makes really solid records and Thank You for Today is no exception. While it, like its three predecessors, fails to reach the near-perfect heights of the group's mid-2000 benchmarks ... it's still a thoroughly charming and touching collection.


Ultimately, Thank You for Today finds the Death Cab for Cutie of 2018 taking stock of their band, choosing to forge ahead by using the foundation of their back catalogue to harness their core identity and build upon it. The band's shared vision is clear, encapsulated in this collection of songs.


With Thank You For Today, Ben Gibbard moves Death Cab For Cutie into a new phase, one that reflects his newly-minted middle age and one without Chris Walla. It's a new beginning, but one that announces itself with a whisper.

Rolling Stone

After making it through the rough time that surrounded Death Cab for Cutie’s last record, Kintsugi ... the band sounds rejuvenated on Thank You for Today.


Death Cab For Cutie aren’t changing any time soon, and Thank You For Today is another reliable if unsurprising missive from a band who seem to be settling into middle age comfortably.

A.V. Club

Thank You For Today, Death Cab For Cutie’s tightly crafted ninth studio album and first since 2015’s Kintsugi likely won’t disappoint fans—but it’s also hard to muster tremendous enthusiasm for it.

The 405

Thank You For Today isn’t great, but it’s pretty good.

The truth is that that Death Cab is long gone; preserved in amber by the melancholic yet sprawling indie rock that inspired a generation. What has replaced it seems to be a band trying to once again bottle that magic; a shadow of its former self.
Drowned in Sound
Nine albums in, Death Cab for Cutie are just about holding it together, but you have to wonder if the title ‘Thank You For Today’ belies nothing more than a grateful acknowledgement of continued existence.
The result is perhaps a little too harmonious.
The ninth album from Ben Gibbard and Co. is their strongest album of the 2010s, a dubious achievement that nonetheless deserves recognition for its rare moments of shining, indie-pop songwriting.
‘Thank You For Today’ is an insular record, one that whispers its emotions atop a layer of polished production. Dig deep enough however and you’ll still find that same introspective band of raconteurs, and going by the album’s title they’re still happy to be crafting songs as Death Cab for Cutie some 21 years on.
Entertainment Weekly

Death Cab for Cutie lives in rosy retrospection, with pensive love songs that score halcyon college days and trips back to the old stomping grounds. On their new 10-track LP Thank You for Today, the indie-rockers continue that sentimental voyage, offering familiar odes to sweet sadness. But what once exuded cathartic melancholia has now matured into overwrought melodrama.

Spectrum Culture
While it’s wonderful that the once sorrowful singer is in a great place in his personal life, it has regrettably sapped the life from his band. Pleasure writes fewer good songs – and sadly, in this case, complacency writes barely any good ones at all.
Under The Radar
For the second record in a row, Death Cab for Cutie are treading water, splashing about in the faded sound of glories past. Someone throw them a life preserver before it's too late.
Consequence of Sound

Less put-together than Kintsugi or audacious than Codes & Keys, Thank You for Today is Death Cab for Cutie’s weakest album of the decade and either a transition towards something greater or the first harbinger of creative decline.

“Thank You For Today” contains some of Death Cab For Cutie’s catchiest hooks and presents itself with beautiful production. But it’s also their most middle-of-the-road record to date.

Fav Tracks: Gold Rush, Autumn Love, Northern Lights, When We Drive, Your Hurricane

Least Fav Tracks: I Dreamt We Spoke Again, You Moved Away

after this, getting another Transatlanticism from them is doubtful

fav tracks: Your Hurricane, When We Drive, Autumn Love
Space Vacation
Ineffective and disappointing.
The band kept trekking without Chris walla which in of itself is impressive. I also don't think that it's fair to damn this record as not being another transatlanticism, expecting a band to repeat what they've done before is kind of insane, at least to always produce the same quality or type of stuff. The evolution death cab underwent here, and the album seems very focused on someone leaving and the loss of communication which is obviously transferable to other situations but I think Bens ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Dreamt We Spoke Again
  2. Summer Years
  3. Gold Rush
  4. Your Hurricane
  5. When We Drive
  6. Autumn Love
  7. Northern Lights
  8. You Moved Away
  9. Near/Far
  10. 60 & Punk
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Added on: June 13, 2018