The Photo Album - Death Cab for Cutie
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Washington-based indie rockers.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
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  1. If it's true that music of this nature doesn't get anymore heartfelt, it also rarely gets more infectious.
  2. While not every song is a gem, the ones that are have pushed the band's already high standard of compelling indie pop one notch higher.
  3. As intelligent, bittersweet, angular stuff, whether it’s alt.rock, guitar-pop, or even emo is immaterial. Labels be damned - just call it great music.
  4. The most noteworthy aspect of The Photo Album is the band’s upward trajectory. The music is cohesive and even, though still somewhat sluggish.
  5. The Photo Album is evidence of a band that's maturing, slowing down and trying new things.
  6. It's a rare talent that can express such emotions so concisely; even more rare is the ability to deliver them in a near-whisper rather than a scream.
  7. The admittedly catchy, three-chord pop structure isn't as effective as in previous DCFC releases--as a basic approach, it seems more thoughtless than deliberately anaesthetizing this time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    10
    "We Have the Facts" is their best work, but this is definitely a close second. It starts out simply, with "Steadier Footing", one of the best"We Have the Facts" is their best work, but this is definitely a close second. It starts out simply, with "Steadier Footing", one of the best opening tracks after "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" and "3rd Planet". Moving on to the middle, a lot of the songs sound the same, yet you can still tell them apart. The end gets a little flat, but "Blacking Out the Friction" is underrated. "Coney Island" would have made a better closing track than "Debate Exposes Doubt", however. Expand
  2. rachelm
    Mar 3, 2006
    10
    very good music
  3. SteveS
    Apr 21, 2007
    10
    amazing musiv
  4. JoshP
    Sep 29, 2005
    9
    Quite possibly my favorite Death Cab album. Chock full of emotional hi's and low's, this is definitely one of their best.
  5. CarrieF
    Feb 6, 2006
    9
    i never have to skip over songs or repeat them. this album is great to listen through from beginning to end
  6. AndersH.C.
    Apr 16, 2002
    8
    DCFC really pulled it off on this one. A nice layered release from the masters of indie-pop. And for once the production is good.
  7. JoeM.
    Nov 6, 2001
    7
    Good, but not up to the standards of the previous two. This is an good album with a few great songs instead of a great album.

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