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  • Audio CD (April 12 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Unidisc Music
  • ASIN: B0000D1FDI
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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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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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Logan on May 1 2005
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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By D. Lalla on June 23 2008
Format: Audio CD
Transatlanticism is a masterpiece. Thoughtful, occasionally quirky lyrics, beautiful, stunning melodies, slowly building songs, perfect timing, melodies that slowly infect your brain. Hooks you could catch fish with

If you don't 'get it' the first time, PLEASE listen to the trio of 'Title & Registration', 'Tiny Vessels' and 'Transatlanticism' then let 'Passenger Seat' just carry you off into space... Absolutely beautiful playlist of 4 near-perfect songs. NB: I don't wish to imply the rest of the album is to be ignored! It's not...

And if you think DCFC is perhaps a little LoFi? Get this SACD. I listened to it on a friend's $35K system (Ayre SACD/CD/DVD Audio, Quad preamp & amp, B&W speakers, with $600 RCA interconnects). My own system is no slouch, but I only have an Oppo SACD player with decent amplification and System Audio SA Rangers from Denmark - the SACD is clearly worth it.

I hope to try a vinyl version soon and regret DCFC did not release Plans in SACD format..

A 5 star recommensation
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Format: Audio CD
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. DCFC is one of my favorite bands, but it could very well be that I was spoiled because of the fact that I heard "You Can Play These Songs with Chords" first out of all their albums -- barring a few throwaway tracks, it's one of their strongest (if not THE strongest) yet.
That being said, this album is meandering, self-indulgent and totally useless. Maybe Ben Gibbard was so struck by the Postal Service's success that he decided to ham it up even more, or maybe Chris Walla (who I think was a moderating influence) had less creative input. Regardless of the causes, Gibbard's songs are plodding and his often hit-or-miss lyrics are extremely "miss." His voice is as distinct as ever, I'll give him that, but there is nothing on this album that compares to songs like "Two Cars," "Information Travels Faster," "Hindsight," "Line of Best Fit," "Amputations" or "Company Calls." Are they burned out? Is Gibbard getting too big for his britches? I have no idea, but the fact at hand is that this vaunted record disappoints significantly, and it's a terrible introduction to Death Cab for Cutie.
It would be too predictable of an indie cliché to lambaste them for selling out, but that's about the only way that I can put this into perspective -- this is their best-selling release yet, and it's without a doubt their worst. It's depressing, but I just can't understand how they would go from writing amazing, meaningful songs on all their previous releases to writing what comes across as uninspired filler.
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By B. Ayre on June 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
It has been years since a band has grabbed me as much as Death Cab for Cutie. They seem to be just on the edge of greatness, not a familiar--or perhaps even desirable--place for a band that has perfected itself over the past few years deep within the murky realms of Indie. Their name alone is offputting, and yet beguiling, as is DCFC itself. Transatlanticism is a great, great record. It has what all good, and great art has: true feeling, and originality. As well as tenderness, and bitterness; humor, and most importantly, honesty. Chris Walla's production is magnificent, particularly with the percussion. (The drumming is incredible.) But it's the songwriting--and the singing!--that shines best. In an odd way, Ben Gibbard reminds me of the great Canadian 70's songwriters, like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. (It's no accident that he lists The Beatles as one of his influences.) "Passenger Seat" is easily one of the most compelling ballads of the past ten years. It's simple yet haunting, then reminiscent, and thankful. Yet it is far from maudlin. It is that other word: mature. One can only pray Gibbard keeps on pushing the envelope within and without. He's one of those rare creatures in today's overhyped and over-sold world: a real artist. This is not to sell short the rest of the band, without whom Gibbard wouldn't sound half as good. They are tight and intuitive. In another word: tasteful. Here's hoping Death Cab have the strength and desire to take themselves higher, even if it does mean testing the commercial marketplace. They are that good a band. They deserve all the recognition, even fame, they want.
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