Death Cab for Cutie
indie rock album review
Since these are my first real indie rock acquisitions, I would like to share my thoughts thus far.
The one problem I noticed with We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes was how subdued it sounded. I liked a lot of it nonetheless, but the biggest problem was how the quiet songs of the album were so silent as to be almost emotionless compared to the louder songs (which weren't loud at all). Most of the latter half of the album didn't have the same emotion that the former half had; a lot of the guitar textures felt repeated.
I expect We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes will grow on me with successive listens as I begin to heed nuances in the tunes.
Codes and Keys, in comparison, feels more complete. Granted, the Death Cab for Cutie which made this album is eleven years removed from the Death Cab for Cutie which recorded We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes; granted, I do have a (nebulous) lower volume threshold in my musical tastes. I still think Codes and Keys is the better album of the two, mainly because of its focus on piano and its electronic flourishes.
Am I glad I picked up both albums? Definitely. Death Cab for Cutie is a good band. I'd still like to get Narrow Stairs, though.