Thank You For Today

Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #601 / 735
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2018 Ratings: #765
August 17, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Paste

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.

80
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.
80
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.
80
DIY
‘Thank You for Today’ feels like the first opportunity the band have been afforded in a long while to genuinely move forwards.
80
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.

75
Northern Transmissions
Death Cab For Cutie do offer some sharp single-like material here that keeps the album from feeling overtly stagnant.
70
PopMatters

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.

70
Exclaim!

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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
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.

70
musicOMH

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.

67
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.

65
The 405

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

60
Dork
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.
60
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.
60
NME
The result is perhaps a little too harmonious.
60
Pitchfork
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.
60
Clash
‘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.
58
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.

50
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.
45
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.
43
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.

zachthesnack
51
I literally already forgot everything I just listened to
bajafrecuencia
60
Si bien aún hay un camino por el cual avanzar, el desarrollo de este álbum representa un movimiento sólido en la carrera del grupo. Esta nueva pieza de trabajo representa un homenaje a la nostalgia tan puro, que logra sostener estamentos de melancolía sin depender de su propia historia. Death Cab for Cutie podrá estar lejos de hacer un nuevo “Transatlanticism”, pero con lo que tienen a mano, quizás en poco tiempo nos enfrentemos a una nueva ... read more
chunderz
68
Same same but... same?
Plats
67
“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

Score:
6.7
Decent
MasterCrackfox
54
As the group becomes more radio-friendly and accessible the less their music has a lasting impact. These feel like gussied up pop songs, with catchy hooks and pleasant choruses but lack any sort of strong depth or meaning behind the music. This was once DCFC's niche and they've allowed this to slowly wane from their music. This is unfortunate but mostly expected from a group who have essentially stopped growing as a collective now for the last decade.

Favorite track: Gold Rush
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#7/The Wild Honey Pie
#20/The Alternative
#35/Upset

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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