Death Cab for Cutie – Plans

I first noticed Death Cab for Cutie when I heard The New Year and The Sound of Settling from their previous CD, Transatlanticism[1]. Loved the songs, eventually got the CD.

And here they are with a new one. I’m going to have to give this a few more listens[2][4], but my first impressions are good. There’s a general tone of sadness and loss in a lot of the music here, but with a strangely positive spin. So far, my favourite track is I will follow you into the dark, which is about not being prepared to be separated from a loved one:

You and me have seen everything to see
From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
The time for sleep is now
It’s nothing to cry about
Cause we’ll hold each other soon
The blackest of rooms

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs

If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark

Then there’s You will be loved, a note left for a girl the singer once deserted:

You’ll be loved, you’ll be loved
Like you never have known
And the memories of me will seem more like bad dreams
Just a series of blurs like I never occurred
Someday you will be loved

All of this conveyed with lovely melodies. Deep and dark, just the way I like my music.


[2] Once I get an MP3 player that works with Napster to Go[3], I’ll be listening on my walks to and from work
[3] Stay tuned for an update on that :smile:
[4] Yes, this is an album I’ve got on download only, making the most of my Napster subscription…

2 thoughts on “Death Cab for Cutie – Plans

  1. Twisty

    Mmmm…..deep and dark. Incidentally, while I realize Alice in Chains isn’t the type of musical fare you might generally enjoy, I’d like to suggest you give their “Jar of Flies” a listen (assuming you haven’t). While Alice in Chains is “deep and dark” as a rule, JOF is a deeper, smoother, more melodic and harmonious departure from their louder, tougher, raw-edged compilations – deeper and darker can be volumes louder when it’s quiet and understated. For those who thought this was just another loud, heavy metal grunge band, this album proved they had talents far beyond what most thought they were capable of; Staley’s voice was at its pinnacle, and when combined so thoroughly with guitarist Cantrell’s, I find it to be one of the most uniquely beautiful combinations I’ve ever heard.

  2. Les

    Downloading as I type. Well, a 3CD set which includes it, anyway.[1]

    [1] Bad labelling by Napster in that case – the individual album titles are not shown….

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