Plans - Death Cab for Cutie
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 165 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Ben Gibbard-led group makes its major-label debut with this 11-song disc, produced by band member Chris Walla.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. 100
    [Plans has] ginormous power-pop melodies in songs such as "Soul Meets Body" and "Marching Bands of Manhattan" and wussy-boy lyrics that'll make your heart grow a few sizes.
  2. 88
    DCFC is becoming a band that's worth noticing apart from Ben. [#17, p.93]
  3. 80
    Despite what the blog-haters might say, Gibbard and Co. more than make the grade. [Oct 2005, p.77]
  4. This is an amazing little pop record of amazing little pop songs.
  5. This fifth album doesn't differ radically from the previous four.... Newcomers, however, should start with 2003's more cohesive Transatlanticism. [Oct 2005, p.115]
  6. Although the band hasn’t really strayed from its cutesy indie-pop formula, the qualities that made Death Cab stand out aren’t present this time around.
  7. Death Cab succeed by refusing to offend. That can be an admirable trait in a person, but never in a musician.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 95
  2. Negative: 5 out of 95
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    10
    I'd say this is the band's coming of age album, and the perfect follow-up to Transatlanticism. I'm surprised it wasn't better received by critics, but at least fans recognize what a fantastic record it really is. "Your Heart Is An Empty Room" and "Brothers In Hotel Beds" are some of the best songs the band has dished out. "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" could have found it's way onto one of the American Recordings had Johnny Cash stuck around longer. One of the best albums of 2005. Expand
  2. May 3, 2011
    10
    "Plans" is the album that made me start listening to Death Cab For Cutie. I loved this album the first time I heard it and I still love it to this day. Each track has it's own sense of beauty. Ben Gibbard's croons are so melodic and vocally harmonic. The opener "Marching Bands Of Manhattan" is a wonderful opener and really starts the album off. All In All, Plans is just as good as "Transatlanticism", maybe even in someways, better. A Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    Get this album if you like: albums that sound like one big piece instead of 12 little ones, songs about feelings, lyrics you have to think about to understand fully, or having hope that everything will be okay.

    Do not get this album if: you like catchy music; you don't like listening to the same album a million times; you want your album to have a lot of variation in style; you just want to dance.
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  4. Sep 5, 2010
    9
    (Kitty V - - a funny negative review --but I can only comment on your review here)

    I had never heard of Death Cab or previous bands Ben was
    in
    so when I first listened to this album, I thought his voice was so funny I would imitate it around my brother who turned me on to this album. The most sincere reviews are those where the listener gets attached to the music through certain events
    and I was wandering around the coastal towns of Maryland in the summer of 2006 looking for work when this album kept playing and it stuck with me, so it gets a 9 even if it actually, scientifically sucks
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  5. Dec 15, 2012
    9
    Plans is a great album. No it doesn't live up to the variety that can be found on Transatlanticism but it is still great. With songs like "I Will Follow You into the Dark" and "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" you can't help but to love this album. Honesty this album has some of my favorite Death Cab songs on it and I would highly recommend it! Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2011
    8
    Great album...The two first tracks alone "Marching bands..." and "Soul meets body" would make any album a good one and are about my two favorite DCFC songs. The rest of the album is not Transatlanticism of course, but I like the way they didn't tried to make a more concept or "intellectual" follow-up to Trans, which most bands try to do after a breakthrough album. Plans is simple, sincere and their most melodic album to date, it's not schizophrenic and sludgy like Narrow stairs. I'd put Plans second best album of the band after Trans. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2011
    6
    I don't know what the hell is going on with this album, why it's so self-satisfied, or why it has such a basic feeling, but it's fun to listen to.... and then still fun a year later. There's really nothing to say. It's fun. Expand

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