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Old 01-01-2009, 12:04 PM   #136
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I've always loved The Rat, but I've never bought any of their albums. It's probably time I fix that.
When I first heard The Rat, it completely bowled me over. Unfortunately, nothing else I've heard by them was nearly as good. I hate it when that happens.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:33 PM   #137
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When I first heard The Rat, it completely bowled me over. Unfortunately, nothing else I've heard by them was nearly as good. I hate it when that happens.
I like both In the New Year and Red Moon a lot better than The Rat, which I never really got into.

Must get to Best Buy.

Sorry to have derailed a Death Cab thread. Love that Death Cab! How about that Ben & Zooey!
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:59 PM   #138
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Ok, so I know I'm a little late to this party, but I just got this album for xmas and I love it. I agree with whoever said the first four songs in a row are a great listen. I go back and forth between liking "Cath" and "I Will Possess Your Heart" best. I don't have any other Death Cab stuff so I can't really speak to how it compares...
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:20 PM   #139
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Alright, Death Cab fans. The drummer from my band swears by these guys, so I'm thinking I should give them a go. Where do I begin?
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:22 PM   #140
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I personally love their album Transatlanticism, while plenty of others favor The Photo Album. I think either would be a good starting point.
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:55 PM   #141
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I haven't heard The Photo Album yet, so it probably wouldn't be the best idea for me to name a starting point. However, of the two albums I have heard, Transatlanticism and Narrow Stairs, I actually prefer the latter. Transatlanticism is very nice, but I would like it about a thousand times more had I never heard anything by Elliot Smith or Pavement going in. As it is, it kind of sounds like a pleasant indietastic hodgepodge to me. Narrow Stairs is more singular and idiosyncratic.
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Transatlanticism is easily my favorite.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:03 AM   #143
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Sounds like Transatlanticism is a place to start, anyway. I'll look into it.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:05 AM   #144
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Well, it's where I started, and it got me interested enough to check out Narrow Stairs after that.
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Sounds like a plan, then.

Before I looked into them at all, I had thought they were an emo band, based on their name.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:12 AM   #146
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Sounds like a plan, then.

Before I looked into them at all, I had thought they were an emo band, based on their name.
The name needs an exclamation point to fit that particular bill.

My problem with the band (and this is going to sound rather picky/elitist) is that I really don't hear any kind of identity within their music. With a lot of their contemporaries, I know what to listen for, and I put on their music whenever I want to hear whatever that may be. With Death Cab, I really haven't quite picked out what makes them special. I like their music enough to keep listening, but it all seems a bit faceless to me.

BTW, I really dig the Postal Service's debut and am disappointed that they have no desire to expand on that by making a second album.
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With Death Cab, I really haven't quite picked out what makes them special.
For me it is Ben Gibbard's voice. It's one of my favorites in all of music. Many of their lyrics, especially the ones on the Transatlanticism album, really speak to me as well and mark the band as unique compared to other stuff I listen to.

I think the lyrics, though, are part of why I've had difficulty listening to the new album. They don't seem quite as clever as on earlier releases. Or maybe they're a bit too forthright and clever for their own good, aka, not cryptic enough. I still haven't figured it out.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:30 AM   #148
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Alright, Death Cab fans. The drummer from my band swears by these guys, so I'm thinking I should give them a go. Where do I begin?
First of all, you're in a band? Get the fuck outta here.

Also, yes, start with Transatlanticism. Plans might not be a bad place to start, either. It has some of their most radio-friendly stuff. I'll also agree that Gibbard, his delivery and turns of phrase, makes the band for me. Get The Postal Service album, too. That's his best work.
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First of all, you're in a band? Get the fuck outta here.

Also, yes, start with Transatlanticism. Plans might not be a bad place to start, either. It has some of their most radio-friendly stuff. I'll also agree that Gibbard, his delivery and turns of phrase, makes the band for me. Get The Postal Service album, too. That's his best work.
I am indeed. LM and I discussed it in the Superthread last night, for reference.

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Get The Postal Service album, too. That's his best work.


I wholeheartedly agree that The Postal Service is Ben Gibbard at his best. Amazing lyrics, vocals, and sounds on that record.
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