Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: The Open Door
Playtime: 16:57 min
Rip date: 2009-04-11
Street date: 2009-04-14
Size: 24.39 MB
Quality: 190 kbps / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Death Cab For Cutie are back with a new five track EP called The Open Door,
which explores the undiscovered territory of their last release, Narrow
Stairs. Billed as the songs that didn’t quite fit the mood of Narrow Stairs,
this EP sounds different enough to not only provide the “super” fans with
something to tide them over until the next “proper” release but also acts as
a pretty good standalone EP for newbies, or for the people that didn’t like
Generally speaking albums/EP’s that are made up of discarded session material
come across as being pointless. If the band weren’t happy enough to put it on
the album in the first place then why should I be bothered about buying it?
There are exceptions to this rule, just listen to The Avalanche by Sufjan
Stevens (excluding the 100 versions of ‘Chicago’) for proof of that. So when
I heard that Death Cab would be giving it a go I was a bit skeptical.
Thankfully my skepticism was unfounded.
The EP works on two levels really. Firstly the songs are good and secondly
they don’t sound like they could have fit anywhere on Narrow Stairs, which I
guess is the reason why the band decided to release this EP in the first
place. Musically speaking the songs are more strum based than their Narrow
Stairs siblings, with the only hint of classic Gibbard riffery coming in the
form of EP highlight ‘My Mirror Speaks’. The biggest similarity between this
EP and Narrow Stairs, or any DCFC album really, is Gibbards ability to create
meaningful lyrics without losing his pop sensibility, which isn’t easy to do.
So there we have it, another DCFC release and yet another reason to smile.
- Track List ---------------------------------------------------------------- -
01. Little Bribes ( 2:47)
02. A Diamond and a Tether ( 3:58)
03. My Mirror Speaks ( 3:30)
04. I Was Once a Loyal Lover ( 3:23)
05. Talking Bird (Demo) ( 3:19)