Death Cab for Cutie - Plans Review

by Jen Procop

The new death cab for cutie CD Plans is a lot like buying a new pair of shoes. Bright, Shiney and in need of a few days to get use to the feel. Plans, the first album released on the mega Atlantic label is a much more glossy and ultra produced offering then their previous albums. Everything feels different, right from the moment you open the CD and see the photography and reproduction, but don't fret, try it on and almost immediately, it begins to feel familiar.

Gibbard and the rest of the DCFC have never sounded better musically as their arrangements are tighter and cleaner on this release. The Cd has a little less longing and a bit more pop delivery but underneath that shiney coating lurks a whole lot of substance. Nothing is lacking in their deep and thoughtful lyrics and "poetry to song" for which they have become famous. This is definitely not a "sell out" Cd as some suggest- tracks like "What Sarah Said", "Soul Meets Body" and "Marching Band of Manhattan" are as thoughtful as any Death Cab you have in your collection.

Every band has that one album that seems to define them and the brilliant "Transatlaticism" will be the benchmark for everything that Death Cab does in the future.Plans is not that album but new is good and this CD definitely shows growth and maturity. Wear it in and soon enough your new Plans will feel just as comfortable as your favorite old pair of shoes that you'll never throw out.

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