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Old 03-30-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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Death Cab For Cutie - Kintsugi

Tomorrow, Death Cab For Cutie returns with their eighth studio album called Kintsugi (which is a Japanese word for the art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer). Lead guitarist and founder Chris Walla has announced he is leaving the band so Kintsugi is an appropriate title in step with the Japanese philosophy of treating breakage and repair as a part of the history of the object (or band in this case), rather than something to disguise. The first single is called Black Sun and it is classic Death Cab For Cutie, quirky but musically lifts your spirits. I am personally sad to see the band breaking apart and will enjoy this final swan song greatly. Thank you for the many years of music.

Any fans of Death Cab For Cutie here in Bang And Clatter?

Death Cab for Cutie open up about 'Kintsugi' and conscious uncoupling with Chris Walla | EW.com



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I've never been a big fan of this band, but I do like Black Sun, especially in this stripped-down version:

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I really did not like this album at all. Very dreary and overproduced. It's supposed to be a heartfelt record, but I can't even tell it's being played by humans (same problem I had with the last Coldplay record). I didn't like Codes and Keys either, but at least You Are a Tourist had a killer riff.

Before those albums, I liked Death Cab pretty well. Narrow Stairs was underrated.
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They're pretty hit or miss for me, but I'll definitely give it a listen to see if I want to buy it.

I didn't care for Codes and Keys, either. Nothing memorable on it to my ears.
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I will be seeing them in late April at a festival, I should probably listen to this. I don't think I can any song titles from their last several albums from memory.
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Yowza, Popmatters' little review blurb is possibly one of the most unflattering summations of an album I've seen:

This isn't the sound of "indie rock", nor is it "dad rock". This is "obligation rock", a forced brand of music that exists just because it has to.
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Yowza, Popmatters' little review blurb is possibly one of the most unflattering summations of an album I've seen:

This isn't the sound of "indie rock", nor is it "dad rock". This is "obligation rock", a forced brand of music that exists just because it has to.
Wow, that is a serious burn.
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Review: On Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie regains intimacy and embraces synth flourishes · Music Review · The A.V. Club
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PopMatters has gotten even worse than Pitchfork in terms of mileage up its own ass.
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I listened to it on Spotify this morning. A solid 'meh' review from me. Won't be buying it.
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It probably would have sounded better on Tidal.
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It's so realistic, you can hear the contracts being fulfilled.
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Obligation rock sounds cooler than indie rock or dad rock.
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