Death Cab For Cutie: Kintsugi

Released: March 31, 2015

Death Cab For Cutie is a band that has been around for some time now and become a successful rock band. Mostly known for their 2005 album “Plans” which produced the hits “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”, this band has become well recognized in the indie and alternative rock scene. Kintsugi is an album that has me personally wanting to go back and listen through the rest of their albums to see what I have missed out on! While I can say I am familiar with their hit album “Plans”, I now think it worth while to listen to the albums released since then because “Kintsugi” really hit the spot.

The album starts with a nice mellow build up which kicks the album into a fun sort of vibe. This album has a very well balanced energy about it that keeps it from being to slow while knowing its limits of higher energy. “The Ghost of Beverly Drive” increases the pace beautifully while maintaining a mellow feel and vibe before stepping it back down a bit with the deep and visual track “Little Wanderer”. “Little Wanderer” is a track that really stands out because of it’s story telling abilities and mellow progressions. This is a track that reminds me how great this band can be from their past hits. The next track, “You’ve Haunted Me All My Life” is another deep track that carries a haunting feeling while striking some deep emotions with its simple lyrics. This is an example of well written music both lyrically and instrumentally.

The remainder of the album is consistently enjoyable but the tracks I highlighted above are what really make this album stand out to me. I’m not sure if any of the singles from this album are getting much radio play but if you have not heard them definitely give them a listen because there are a few great ones on this album. This album is an enjoyable listen from start to finish but not for those seeking a more energetic rock album. Death Cab For Cutie is known for their more mellow side of rock and they do a great job of demonstrating that on this album!

Notable Tracks
Black Sun
The Ghost of Beverly Drive
Little Wanderer
You’ve Haunted Me All My Life

Grade: 8.68 (B)


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