Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
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Universal acclaim- based on 139 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.
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. 91
    [Death Cab] have never made the truly great album that their best songs promised. Until now. [Nov 2003, p.112]
  3. 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: 57 out of 58
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 58
  3. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. JoyBethM
    Oct 24, 2003
    These guys just can't miss. They are incredible!
  2. sillymofo
    Oct 4, 2003
    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
    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
    An excellent album, the best work death cab for cutie has done, and the best work of 2003.
  5. KayD
    Feb 12, 2008
    If my heart could write songs, They'd sound like these.
  6. GuillaumeF
    Mar 25, 2009
    Best album ever, that's all I can say about Transatlanticism.
  7. BunifaJ.
    Oct 26, 2003
    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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