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thunderbolt
79

Really good on all fronts: vocals, mixing, production, lyrics, etc. Just not AMAZING. The beginning of the album definitely has better tracks compared to the end.

SnowyFighter
76

The indie rock dads are back in the swing of things

I haven’t been keeping up with Death Cabs most recent output, but I’m glad I checked this out because it’s pretty damn good. I love their output from the 2000s, and for some reason I just never followed up with what they’ve been doing after hearing that side of things. Maybe I should lol. This album doesn’t standout to me like crazy within their discog, but there are some great tracks and it’s a pretty ... read more

Doofy
46

This type of thing, to me, is the equivalent of AOR - it's just very mid.

sammers
75

no joke this is best Death Cab album in the past ten years.

1. I Don't Know How I Survive - 4.5
5. Here to Forever - 4.0
8. I Miss Strangers - 4.0

winitheju
77

I don't know what I expected from a Death Cab album in 2022, but this feels like the best case scenario. It's got some really good songs, particularly on the back half.

90

Death Cab is back

this is fact not fiction for the first time in years.

TruLad69
60

Death Cab albums worst to best (with scores out of 10)

- Thank You for Today (3)
- Codes and Keys (5)
- Asphalt Meadows (6)
- Narrow Stairs (6)
- Kintsugi (7)
- Plans (7)
- Something About Airplanes (8)
- The Photo Album (8)
- Transatlanticism (10)
- We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes (10)

adrianiturralde
60

Fav tracks:
- Fragments From the Decade
- Pepper

LZGray
70

They're back. After a string of mediocrity, they've returned to Earth.

Korzaski
85

this is death cab's most solid, interesting, dare i say "death cab" release since narrow stairs. it's no controversy to say that the band has undergone a sonic shift since codes and keys, some good and some bad coming with that. but nothing on this level. it's somewhat experimental-yet still easy to follow. it also includes some true throwback emo styling, specifically the song "foxglove through the clearcut". sounds like some shit straight out of the late 90s/00s. i'm gonna ... read more

Music_Nerds
75

A short review: Death Cab For Cutie have always been a band that I’d never loved nor hated. A lot of people I know with great music taste do love them though so it’s time I gave Death Cab a chance.

I Don’t Know How I Survive: The guitar based verse1 into a dynamic chorus is nice, the second verse being more edm and keys based is interesting but the second chorus drags a little bit I do like the bridge and return to the intro at end, 8/10.

Roman Candles doesn’t really ... read more

ecenb
77

Fav Songs: I Don't Know How I Survive, Here to Forever, I Miss Strangers

Crazynumnums
74

Okay this was good. I’m not sure what longtime fans of the band will think, but for a guy who’s never actually heard any of DCFC before, what I got from Asphalt Meadows is pretty much what I wanted; some pretty indie rock from guys who’ve clearly been doing this for a long time. The vocals aren’t always spectacular and there’s a few moments where the mixing feels pretty awful (see Rand McNally and I’ll Never Give Up On You) but from the opening bangers to the ... read more

muteD70172
85

"Mid-Life Crisis" the album.

Death Cab for Cutie are one of my personal favorite bands, and 2003's Transatlanticism is one of, if not my favorite album of all time. However, since 2008's Narrow Stairs, Death Cab's trajectory has been on a bit of a downturn for me personally. Codes and Keys never really grabbed me, and while Kintsugi and Thank You for Today had their moments, they fell a bit short. So when I first heard the singles for this album, my hopes for this record went up ... read more

TheRam
57

Death Cab For Cutie are veterans in the indie rock genre and it amazes me that they’re still going. I’ve heard a lot of tracks from them but only one album, that being their 2003 album Trasatlanticism which is a GOATED classic. Unfortunately, although the songwriting ability is there, this album feels somewhat unenthusiastic.

I’ve seen the reviews and apparently a lot of people are liking this one but I just personally don’t see it. Comparing this album to some of their ... read more

Raiksheen
70

Their best in years

FootballVertigo
80

While this album has some obvious flaws, such as some interesting production choices and vocal styles, this is the best death cab for cutie have sounded since Transatlantacism

P.S. ‘I’ll Never Give Up On You’ is extremely underrated and is, I think, the closer the album need to wrap up the sound pallet it was going for

DolphinLaugh
65

Death Cab's tender approach to rock music makes for some great songs! I love the slightly noisy direction they go in sometimes, such as the distorted guitars of I Don't Know How I Survive and Roman Candles. Some tracks just didn't do a lot for me unfortunately. Maybe something more could have been done in the instrumentation. I can tell Chris Walla is a great songwriter though. There are a lot of great choruses in this album, and the best songs really stick.

RadioVisionMax
87

For every heroic sacrifice, I make a hundred dumb mistakes. I sacrificed myself to listen to Asphalt Meadows. I needed it for my first year of high school so everything could be easier on me. This is their best piece of work since…Narrow Stairs, I think? I haven’t listened to it yet, but I will listen to Kintsugi and Thank You for Today soon.

The dumb mistake was listening to Hold the Girl before this, because this is much better. There is more variety, more complexity in the ... read more

CamTaro_
75

Death Cab is really starting to age gracefully. This is far from perfect but it's easily their best record in years! I'd even go as far to say it's the best one since the 2005 release of Plans. This is one of my favorite bands from the 2000s so it's really nice to see them hit their stride again. My first listen of this was in the car on a dreary, rainy drive and it really sent my soul to a different place.

thevinylmeister
80

My favorite DCFC record since the 2000's :)

thefinschise199
75

Death Cab For Cutie return with their latest, and most confident release since “Plans”. This album doesn’t exactly rewrite the books of Death Cab. But it shows them confidently taking risks that pay off and pen some of their more compelling tunes in a decade. And truthfully, it’s a bit of a slippery slope, there’s some real stinkers on this album. But overall, this is an easy listen with some truly great tracks.

Give A Listen To: “I Don’t Know How ... read more

59

Ben Gibbard and Co almost thread the needle between old and new DCFC, but narrowly miss with some of their poppier moments not quite hitting the mark.

twwalter
83

1. I Don’t Know How I Survive (8.8/10)
2. Roman Candles (8.3/10)
3. Asphalt Meadows (8.4/10)
4. Rand McNally (8.0/10)
5. Here to Forever (9.6/10)
6. Foxglove Through The Clearcut (8.5/10)
7. Pepper (7.8/10)
8. I Miss Strangers (9.0/10)
9. Wheat Like Waves (7.7/10)
10. Fragments From the Decade (7.8/10)
11. I’ll Never Give Up On You (7.5/10)

Average: 8.3/10

I thought AOF would hold the throne for Comeback Album of 2022, but this is easily their best album since 'Narrow Stairs'. It ... read more

faintcaliath
85

The best one since Transatlanticism.

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