As others have said, Death Cab's latest, "Transatlanticism" is definitely not a play it once and walk away kind of album. It sticks with the listener, coaxes out their fears, hopes, and brings them closer to them...whether they want to deal with them or not. Transatlanticism is definitely a concept album about a strong (but now eroded) relationship. If you have a heart, or ever loved someone, it would be hard not to get nabbed by singer Ben Gibbard's plea, "I need you so much closer..." found on the title track. Truth be told, it would be hard not to get lost in any of its great tracks.
Transatlanticism is also an album that demands multiple listenings. It is textured, complex, sensitive, and often quite beautiful. To try to nail down standout tracks seems irrelevant, as the whole is best heard as an album - a journey through heartache and ulimately, redemption. It's a difficult but beautiful journey. Modern albums rarely take one to such places, especially ones garnering the classification as "emo" - a group increasingly glutted with more sound-alike fodder by the day. Death Cab here is NOT sound-alike fodder.
While lyrically and emotionally is it very sensitive and heavy, musically it is upbeat and uptempo, but also very tranquil and heartfelt. It's a free-flowing opus, and it's often quite beautiful. Pick up Transatlanticism today...it's one of the few albums from 2003 that is essential listening!