Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
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Universal acclaim- based on 126 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. Though there are quite a few slinking, introspective tracks on Transatlanticism, there are also a fistful of songs that have the left-field appeal -- not quite punk, not quite rock, not quite pop -- that brought a song like Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle" to the top of the charts in recent years.
  4. 90
    This is a record of rare beauty and poise. [Nov 2003, p.107]
  5. There is no doubt in my mind -- and in this I seem to have a lot of company -- that Transatlanticism is Death Cab For Cutie's best album so far.
  6. 70
    Consistently compelling. [Oct 2003, p.116]
  7. 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. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    One of my favorite albums ever...this is the absolute perfect collection of angst, full of beautiful lyrics and corresponding instrumental. An instant classic in my opinion, and to this day this is my go to album for any kind of depressive mood. Expand
  2. 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 my favorites. I love driving at night to this album it takes you to another place Expand
  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 "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. May 3, 2011
    10
    Transatlanticism is Death Cab For Cutie's best record to date. It's a joyous listen from start to finish. There are no weak points. Ben Gibbard's sorrowful vocals have never sounded better. He's an amazing lyricist and an even amazing singer. Every song is significant in there own ways and you won't stop singing them for awhile. All In All, Transatlanticism is a perfect record. A Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2012
    10
    This album is absolutely amazing! It's an album where you really get variety getting a more rock like feel from songs like "We Looked Like Giants" and "The New Year" and a classic Death Cab for Cutie somber feel from songs like "A Lack of Color". Simply a must buy! Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2011
    10
    Death Cab For Cutie delivers one of the most beautiful albums ever recorded. Each and every song on this album is great. The title track is long, but it is so beautiful you don't notice the length. Ben Gibbard's voice is so beautiful that on the vicious "Tiny Vessels" you barely realize he is breaking up with a girl he utterly despises. The album starts of strong with "The New Year" and and ends with the tender acoustic ballad "A Lack of Color". Other highlights include "Title and Registration" and "Passenger Seat". This album perfectly show the spectrum that DCFC is able to cover with even the "rock" songs on the album sounding soft because of the bands excellent playing and Gibbard's heavenly voice. Expand
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    8
    You can make a case for either Transatlanticism or Plans as the greatest Death Cab for Cutie album. Plans remains more consistent, but Transatlanticism has the highest peaks. "The Sound of Settling" is a perfect pop song and the title track is a precise treatise on bittersweet longing. Those tracks alone make this album worth a listen, but solid nature of the first two thirds of the album make it one worth buying. Expand

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