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Old 05-28-2008, 05:52 PM   #91
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Finally digested the thing. Bixby is a great track. I also really like Grapevine Fires and Your New Twin Sized Bed. The entire collection isn't really as good as I had hoped, though. Maybe it'll grow on me, but I think there are more than a few clunkers on the album.

I won't really be able to find its place in the Death Cab discog until a month or more from now. If I had to choose today, though, I'd say it's their weakest since Something About Airplanes.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:58 PM   #92
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I gave this album a listen today, too. I liked Bixby, Talking Bird, and Long Division well enough, but I agree with impy that there are a few clunkers. I need to listen to it a lot more, but Gibbard's lyrics were what threw me off most. Usually I love Death Cab lyrics (and Postal Service too), but some of these seemed awkward. For that reason, Twin Sized Bed did nothing for me. We'll see after a few more listens.
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I really like it. I think it's better than Plans.
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Cath has slowly risen to the top of the pile for me.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:55 PM   #95
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I really like it. I think it's better than Plans.
I definitely agree.

Bixby's still my fave.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:41 PM   #96
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While we don't have tickets yet, a lovely young lady and I are going to go up to my old DFW stomping grounds on Tuesday for this show. Very excited. They were excellent the first time I saw them.
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Will most likely be seeing them come August when Benjamin and friends traipse down to my neck of the woods.

How exciting.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:38 AM   #98
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Saw them in Indy. Good show Glad they played I Will Posess Your Heart in its entirety
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:31 PM   #99
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So, is anyone out there still listening to this record on a regular basis? I feel like I'm still trying to get into it, but it just isn't working.

Anyone want to try to sell me on this album? Plenty of people in this thread said they liked it, but there wasn't a whole lot of discussion about why. Not to mention, after it came out, people stopped talking about it pretty quickly.

Anyone?

In the meantime, I'll keep slogging through it, but to me, it just doesn't compare to Transatlanticism or even Plans.
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In the meantime, I'll keep slogging through it, but to me, it just doesn't compare to Transatlanticism or even Plans.
Agreed. I had a two week burst of enthusiasm with it but it did not have sustaining power. I don't dislike it, I'm always happy when a song from it comes on during a shuffle or whatever, but it just doesn't have the depth ofTrans or Plans and doesn't inspire repeated listenings. It's just perfectly fine. My first impression turned out to be my lasting impression.
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I still enjoy it a lot. It's one of my favorites of this year. It doesn't come close to Transatlanticism, but then, neither did Plans.

I like this album more than Plans because, for me, it's got a better balance of slower songs and uptempo numbers, whereas Plans drags at times. Songs like Cath, Long Division, and No Sunlight give it a better balance. It's got a terrific opener with Bixby, a classic epic with I Will Possess Your Heart, and some absolutely gorgeous tracks like Grapevine Fires and Your New Twin Sized Bed.

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but overall, I dig it.
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I still enjoy it a lot. It's one of my favorites of this year. It doesn't come close to Transatlanticism, but then, neither did Plans.

I like this album more than Plans because, for me, it's got a better balance of slower songs and uptempo numbers, whereas Plans drags at times. Songs like Cath, Long Division, and No Sunlight give it a better balance. It's got a terrific opener with Bixby, a classic epic with I Will Possess Your Heart, and some absolutely gorgeous tracks like Grapevine Fires and Your New Twin Sized Bed.

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but overall, I dig it.
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Yeah, it didn't last for me either. Other than two or three songs, I find it pretty forgettable unfortunately..
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:05 AM   #104
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As we come to the end of the year, the more I think about Narrow Stairs, the more I think it's my biggest disappointment of the year.

Other than the fact that I didn't even buy the new Coldplay album.
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:32 PM   #105
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I like it, but yeah its not very memorable, I like "Your New Twin Sized Bed" a lot although its kind of stereotypical from them, and "I Will Possess Your Heart" is addicting, but its not epic, its just extremely repetitive to the point where the song becomes that long, the radio edit is horrible though, I agree the intro needed to be chopped but it makes the tempo of the song seem much faster than it should be.
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