Transatlanticism

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Universal acclaim- based on 158 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Washington-based indie group led by Ben Gibbard (also of the Postal Service) and Chris Walla.

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Transatlanticism
The Atlantic was born today, and I'll tell you how The clouds above opened up and let it out I was standing on the surface of a perforated... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Ben Gibbard has a knack for painting scenes of such intimate detail they come off as universal.
  2. Spin
    91
    [Death Cab] have never made the truly great album that their best songs promised. Until now. [Nov 2003, p.112]
  3. Under The Radar
    90
    It's their best yet, and that's saying something. [#5, p.100]
  4. Grand without ever being bloated, humane without settling into pessimism, the best indie band in North America remind us why sometimes, the rewards do not equal the output.
  5. Transatlanticism should be overwrought -- it's an album about young men enduring lost love in an ocean of memory; instead, it feels like a conversation with an old friend.
  6. It's just comfortable and pleasant enough to convince yourself to stick around - never good enough to be satisfying, nor bad enough to be disappointing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 60
  3. Negative: 1 out of 60
  1. JoyBethM
    Oct 24, 2003
    10
    These guys just can't miss. They are incredible!
  2. sillymofo
    Oct 4, 2003
    10
    Very good. the fades in between tracks, especially from the last to first track, are a nice added touch. i wonder how the SACD version will sound.
  3. Oct 8, 2011
    10
    Probably one of the greatest albums of all time, "Transatlanticism" covers so much ground it hurts. Tracks like "A Lack of Color" and "TinyProbably one of the greatest albums of all time, "Transatlanticism" covers so much ground it hurts. Tracks like "A Lack of Color" and "Tiny Vessels" explore the subtleties of the human connection, while others like "The New Year" and "Transatlanticism" (featuring the greatest lyrics the band has ever written) attempt to summarize entire personalities. It's an album that makes the word 'terrific' insufficient in describing its brilliance. Expand
  4. NeilP
    Jul 24, 2005
    10
    An excellent album, the best work death cab for cutie has done, and the best work of 2003.
  5. WhitneyH
    Mar 5, 2008
    10
    I adore this CD, I listen to it at least once a day. All the lyrics are captivating, and you feel as if you're there with the band. When I adore this CD, I listen to it at least once a day. All the lyrics are captivating, and you feel as if you're there with the band. When I listen to this CD, I am spun into this world where no one can touch me, it's the best CD in the world. If you have never listened to this CD, you haven't lived. Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    Brilliant album. It really is flawless, each song flows to the next so nicely. This album got me into death cab and they are now one of myBrilliant album. It really is flawless, each song flows to the next so nicely. This album got me into death cab and they are now one of my favorites. I love driving at night to this album it takes you to another place Expand
  7. BunifaJ.
    Oct 26, 2003
    0
    Oh what! This aint no rap album. all I could hear wuz some bitches singing some shit about some fotoboofff. Damn dat is nasty ass shit right there.

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