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Death Cab for Cutie: Narrow Stairs
Buy! - (Atlantic)
While advance word had Death Cab’s new album pegged as some kind of wildly experimental affair, it’s nearly as sweetly tuneful as any other Death Cab record, though with a bolder sound that’s noticeably darker and edgier (and also more guitar-oriented than their last couple of albums). And that sound is a perfect fit for Ben Gibbard’s latest batch of songs – these are haunting, at times disturbing songs about relationships and lives falling apart that also rank as some of the finest he’s ever written. 5/8/2008 - Don Yates


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