He's the songwriting mastermind behind Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service, and All-Time Quarterback. Now, decades into his career, Benjamin Gibbard sits down with PopMatters to discuss his first-ever solo album, and why an iPhone a capella field recording is the disc's first track ...
The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.
I really do. I love Death Cab for Cutie, but their uninspired and relatively unimpressive show at Chicago's Aragon Theater on April 13th demonstrated that the band, which is an indie rock mainstay, deserves to be able to alter their songs and recreate the musical experience for their fans.
Like an old friend, Death Cab for Cutie's debut album is still every bit as warm, inviting, and lovable as it was ten years ago. Those already familiar with its charms, however, will find relatively little of interest in this two-disc, deluxe reissue.
Suddenly finding himself with a chart-topping album, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard finds himself concerned with more important things than popping open a bottle of bubbly. It's just another day in the fun, crazed universe of Death Cab.
A band as long-lasting as Death Cab would eventually have to regroup and launch their sound into a grittier, more primal direction, shaking off the stigma that comes with entering the Post-Millenial Platinum Club.