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Transatlanticism [Import]

Death Cab for Cutie Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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1. The New Year
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3. Title And Registration
4. Expo '86
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6. Tiny Vessels
7. Transatlanticism
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9. Death Of An Interior Decorator
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With songs equal to those on We Have the Facts and a lush, brilliant production that continues what The Photo Album started, Transatlanticism is easily Death Cab's best record to date. Much attention has duly been focused on doe-eyed singer/lyricist Ben Gibbard, co-star of the Postal Service phenomenon, and Ben's voice is as strange, beautiful, and as strong as ever on these songs, which deal with the difficulties of long-distance relationships. But guitarist/producer Chris Walla once again proves himself to be the band's secret weapon, layering subtle sonic touches throughout Transatlanticism, which is most definitely a "headphone record." This Seattle quartet is one of the only bands to really have picked up the intelligent, emotionally resonant, and guitar-driven indie-pop torch that Built to Spill briefly lit in the mid-1990s (before themselves heading off to the stoner-rock territory). DCFC themselves seem poised to finally break out to a wider audience, and they truly deserve it with this disc. --Mike McGonigal

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Death Cab For Cutie ~ Transatlanticism

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4.0 out of 5 stars The review for those sceptics May 1 2005
By Logan
Format:Audio CD
Reading all of the one and two star reviews has compelled me to write this review. I found that the most common complaint is that this album is boring and uninspired compared to Death Cab's previous releases. All I have to say is this; music matures, bands mature, and people mature. Writing the same stuff for years is what is boring. Listen to their old albums if you want a North West indie album, or grow up and wise up and actually listen to this album. It is absolutely gorgeous; it has a really subtle intensity that I think, if you didn't like this album, you missed. It is all in the details (ex. Chris Walla's guitar parts in New Year). Also, Ben Gibbard is probably one of the best lyricists out there, no question. If you forgot about this fact, go read some Simple Plan lyrics (although, any lyrics look good compared to those) and come back and read Gibbard's. They are as witty and inspired as ever (ex. "when i see you, i really see you udside down. but my brain knows better, picks you up and turns you around"). Besides, who else can use the word "perforated" in song?
"Transatlanticism" is just plain beautiful. Period. It doesn't really rock, you can't really dance to it, but it will blow you away. So do not underestimate this album, do not under analyze it, because that is when it will disappoint you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transatlanticism April 21 2014
By janice
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One song search on Google led me to this group. So impressed I purchased two of their CDS. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Slightly Pricey Feb. 12 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I don't know why this double LP is so much more expensive than others, but it is a great album so the extra cost is justified. Great artwork and great music. No issues with pressing quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd Dec 10 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're a fan you will love it, first full lenght studio album from the band! have fun, you know you will
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5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what i was looking for July 10 2013
By Brenna
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Exactly as ordered. Came in an oversized box but it was all intact so I have no complaints. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Transatlanticism March 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 2003's best Feb. 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on an impulse out of the blue, hearing from someone or something somewhere that Death Cab for Cutie were pretty good. I've heard of "Emo," but I'm still not sure what it means or really which bands it applies to. So now after hearing this album with no context and no background, and listening to it over and over for weeks, enjoying it more and more all the time, all I can say is that whoever these guys are and whatever you want to call them, this is an amazing album, with a lyrical depth and musical freshness that I don't find in many of my impulse buys. This is a varied and brilliant album, from the soaring, anthemic title track; to the intimate warmth of "Passenger Seat;" to the catchy, stuck-in-your-head-for-days melodies of "Expo '86" and "The Sound of Settling;" and the lyrical insights of "Title and Registration" and "The New Year." Two thumbs way up, five stars, a perfect 10, this CD will be in heavy rotation for me well into 2004.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sensitive Stunner Dec 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had heard about Death Cab For Cutie several years ago and was curious to what their sound was like; while recently browsing through one of my favorite book/music stores, I was able to sample it at a listening station. I wasn't prepared for what lay in store for me, as the knock-the-doors down bombast of the opening track "The New Year" pleasantly assaulted my ears...in a word, WOW!! "Transatlanticism" is easily one of the most wrenching, beautiful, emotionally stunning albums I have heard this year, and definetly one of the best. Lead singer Ben Gibbard's boy next door wistfulness shines in both his lyrics and vocals; there is a vulnerable sensitivity to the songs that thankfully does not border on wimpiness. Instead, I am left with a feeling of yearning and possibility when I hear the majestically gorgeous, powerful title track "Transatlanticism"~each tune in this brilliant collection is wonderful in its own right. This is one cd I will be playing for a long time to come, and I'll give it the highest recommendation to all fellow lovers of great music. Happily, this is the first DCFC album I have purchased, but it certainly won't be my last!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
Transatlanticism is a masterpiece. Thoughtful, occasionally quirky lyrics, beautiful, stunning melodies, slowly building songs, perfect timing, melodies that slowly infect your... Read more
Published on June 23 2008 by D. Lalla
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME!
I have never heard of this bad before, until I watched the O.C. This is where my brother and I were first introduced to Death Cab. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars wow.
Having never been a Death Cab fan, I decided to get this album for some reason. The majority of their older stuff never caught me (certain tunes did - "Photobooth",... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2004 by "scorpiolicious"
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks
i have never been a fan of this band. they have no catchy songs AT ALL. they really do blow as a band that is "a not so popular band". Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by neil
5.0 out of 5 stars They aren't sell outs
I am so sick of hearing that Deatch Cab has sold out. They are still making the same music, it isn't any different. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Viktor E. Doobie
4.0 out of 5 stars yeah
i love death cab but these aren't their best songs. i'd recommend older albums above this. that said, i still really like this album - 'we looked like giants' and 'the new year'... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Navillus Araic
2.0 out of 5 stars not their best.....
I personally think this CD is ok...their worst but its alright. Title and registration, the new year and we looked like giants are good songs but the rest kinda suck.. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars So this is the new Death Cab...
The featured Amazon review calls this the best Death Cab for Cutie album to date, but I'll chalk that one up to bandwagon reviewing or not having listened to their older releases. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Nathan Bethea
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