Death Cab releases the much-anticipated “Narrow Stairs”. In related news, I was wrong.

Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie have just released their new album, “Narrow Stairs”


So Death Cab for Cutie has finally released the much anticipated, “Narrow Stairs”, which I originally wrote about in my post, “Some Death Cab-related goodness“, and the first thing that I noticed was that I was obviously wrong: the track “Casino Blues” that I mentioned in that post does not appear anywhere on the release, which is disappointing. Damn you, unreliable sources!

Apart from that, however, the album rocks.


Quite aside from the much-touted and much-talked-about 9-minute-mammoth, “I Will Possess Your Heart”, this album is perhaps on of the most complete albums I’ve heard from Death Cab for Cutie.
In most previous releases, when you get right down to it, the musicality of the band was overshadowed by Ben Gibbard’s lyrics. Not so with “Narrow Stairs“. With this release, the band as a whole comes across as a far more powerful unit… more muscular, and more a part of the final whole. And that’s a great thing.
While previous Death Cab releases have been filled with Gibbard’s existentialist pessimism, “Narrow Stairs” seems – to me, at least – to be their darkest release, in terms of actual physical and tangible doom. And after re-reading that sentence, I realise I should clarify that that is actually a good thing.

Clocking in at only 44 minutes, the only problem with the album is that it ends far too soon. I found it difficult to know which tracks to post here as a sampler, as – for the most part, apart from a few awkward tracks – the album is full of great tunes. “Your New Twin Sized Bed” and the alt.country style “Cath…” were strong contenders. In the end, however, it was the stunning album opener, “Bixby Canyon Bridge” and the doomed-relationship closing track, “The Ice is Getting Thinner” that won out.

Seriously. Get this album.

Listen. Love. Support.

Listen: Death Cab For Cutie – Bixby Canyon Bridge
Listen: Death Cab For Cutie – The Ice Is Getting Thinner

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5 Comments

  1. May 16, 2008
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    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this album….from the 9 minute long lead single…but like you, I was happy as well!

    Good stuff!

  2. Burgo
    May 16, 2008
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    Great minds obviously think alike Matt :)

  3. May 18, 2008
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    Ice is Getting Thinner – such a haunting, poignant song *sniff*. Might have to buy this album, thanks for the sample Burgo

  4. Burgo
    May 18, 2008
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    @ Kalena,

    Thanks for dropping by! It’s a killer track, isn’t it? That last time that Ben Gibbard plaintively sings:

    “Then it saddens me to say what we both knew was true
    That the ice was getting thinner under me and you”

    … man, it just gets me.

  5. May 19, 2008
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    @ admin – ditto. I love musicians who totally nail timing and understatement

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