Of course, I’m talking about the new Death Cab For Cutie album, Narrow Stairs, which was released this week – because nothing says cheerful like Death Cab.
By my analysis, the album breaks down like this:
Disillusionment: 3 songs
Empty relationships, settling: 4 songs
Stalking: 1 song (technically two, one radio-version, one long-version)
Life post-break-up/hitting rock-bottom: 2 songs
California wildfires: 1 song
Any yes, the wildfire song is the most uplifting of the bunch.
These songs in general seem more produced than on their last (fantastic) album “Plans”. Overall, it’s a good collection – incorporating the interesting musical twists and carefully wrought lyrics that fans have come to expect.
After my initial listenings, I think it falls a little short of “Plans” because this collection lacks enough examples of the wry-dark-humor so well captured in songs like “Someday (You Will Be Loved)” and “Crooked Teeth”.
My early favorites are the stalkerriffic song, “I Will Possess Your Heart” (which has been pre-releaesed for a little while) and a great song “Cath…” about a bride settling for an empty marriage.
Grab yourself a couple fingers of scotch and hope that you don’t recognize yourself in this album’s songs.