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.