Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie
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  • Summary: The indie rockers' follow-up to their platinum album "Plans" features an eight-and-a-half-minute-long song.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Narrow Stairs finds Death Cab comfortable with all aspects of its musical personality--and on top of them all.
  2. 80
    While that may sound dangerously morose, Death Cab have become skilled with the light/dark juxtaposition.
  3. 80
    This LP, which matches "Transatlanticism" as Death Cab's best. [June 2008, p.71]
  4. It may not be perfect, but it was certainly worth the wait.
  5. When Gibbard gets out of his own head, the confrontation between his tuneful optimism and the real world can yield an exhilarating dramatic tension.
  6. 60
    If the imagery on this album is often solemn--ice, looming meteorological disaster, remote canyons--it isn't melodramtically so. [June 2008, p.109]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    9
    A really good album. It's not s good as trans but its damn good. Cath is my favorite death cab song it's so catchy. A well done album, no songs are bad, some are better than others, but it is a really great album. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2012
    8
    This album is good with a mix of variety in the songs on it. Overall I'd say that it is very worth buying and worth the listen whether you're a big Death Cab fan or not. Expand
  3. Oct 8, 2011
    7
    Revolutionary, it certainly is not. There's just so much to like here. The band is totally in their element at this point, and on easy-breezy tracks like "Bixby Canyon Bridge", "Cath...", and "I Will Possess Your Heart", it's visible in spades. Not a great album, but a really fun one. Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2011
    5
    I suppose this album had to happen as a transition between Plans and Codes & Keys, but I still never got on board this one. Decent songs throughout ("Cath" might be one of their better songs), but overall it felt more like a collection of B-sides and near misses. The flow on this album is nowhere to be seen. Expand
  5. Jun 4, 2011
    3
    I can't believe how some people were able to dig that one out. This album is terrible... Except from the excellent opener Bixby canyon bridge every songs here seems to be a plain bore, absolutely not fun, melodic or catchy at all... or even artistically interesting. "I will possess your heart " will certainly go down in history as Death cab least good song they ever wrote, they probably already want to eradicate it completely from their catalog. It 's sad because to album cover and the title is really good, I really wanted to like that album, but unfortunately couldn't. Expand

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