Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2003 Ratings: #103 / 291
User Score
Based on 385 ratings
2003 Ratings: #44
Liked by 22 people
October 7, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Barsuk / Label
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Ever since I’ve first listened to it, I’ve seen Transatlanticism as an album that is extremely endearing, heartwarming, and in a sense it’s the best captured image of Ben really letting his boyish voice flourish in the way it was meant to. This album is beautiful, and it’s my ideal record for heading into the fall soon enough.

Sure, Ben continues his tendencies to pen these songs of heartbreak or love, but it’s coupled sonically with instrumentals that are ... read more
Me: Well, I'm finally an indie bitch now
Jon from ARTV: You always were, friend :)
Me: Ew wtf stop touching me joN STOP I DON'T WANT THI-
Oh shit oh fuck I'm dead for this one

This isn't a bad album, despite this rating. I just really don't enjoy listening to it. I think the main issue I have comes from Ben's voice - he's one of the few vocalists I really can't stand, which has caused me to struggle to enjoy both Death Cab and The Postal Service. This isn't a bad album. In fact, I recommend it if you don't mind the vocals and just want a fun indie rock album. But yeah, this really isn't for me.
It's beautifully written and Ben Gibbard's introspective lyrics are a high point. The instrumentation and melodies are gorgeous as well! Overall, "Transatlanticism" is their best record yet!

Fav Tracks: Transatlanticism, Title And Registration, Passenger Seat, The New Year, Tiny Vessels, The Sound Of Settling, Expo '86, A Lack Of Color

Least Fav Track: Lightness

I need you so much closer...

I broke down and cried uncontrollably in my car when the title track came on shuffle today.
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Track List

  1. The New Year 
  2. Lightness 
  3. Title And Registration 
  4. Expo '86 
  5. The Sound Of Settling 
  6. Tiny Vessels 
  7. Transatlanticism 
  8. Passenger Seat 
  9. Death Of An Interior Decorator 
  10. We Looked Like Giants 
  11. A Lack Of Color

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