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Codes and Keys (Deluxe Version)

Death Cab for Cutie

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With Codes and Keys Death Cab for Cutie turn on their heart light. Singer Ben Gibbard is now happily married to actress Zooey Deschanel and his worldview has gotten notably brighter. The band has also shifted the sound from guitars to analog synths that when mixed by Alan Moulder, the man who gave My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails a stronger definition, turns the group into an arena-rock superpower. “Doors Unlocked and Open” is a swerving piece of club music. “Some Boys” is an explosion of joy as Gibbard instructs, “Some boys don’t know how to love”. But he does. “You Are a Tourist” takes an indie-rock band and raises the recording budget until Death Cab sound like a mainstream radio-pop band. For modern day AOR, check “Unobstructed Views” with its sweet wonder of reverb and keyboards. “Stay Young, Go Dancing” shuffles with a kind hope while “Underneath the Sycamore” retains shades of power-pop as it dances in a bucolic light. The Deluxe Version includes the video for “You Are a Tourist” and two demos that sound surprisingly close to the official tracks.

Customer Reviews

Death cab with a difference.

After the many album they still manage to release and album with a different sound every time but with the signature voice of Benjamin Gibbard and the compositions we've all come to know and love. This you can hear influences from many of there previous albums in codes and keys Unobstructed views has a subtle hint and rawness that came with tracks like transcatlanticism. While if you listen to the demo version of some boys it has a similar sound to many of the tracks from plans. its nice to hear a band that can still have a new sound but still sound enough like themselves that they haven't completely changed.


Just, wow. I didn't they'd be able to top Narrow Stairs, but they sure did!
Love love love it :)

Really chilled album

Songs like St Peters Catherdral make this album worth buying!


Formed: 1997 in Bellingham, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Death Cab for Cutie's rise from small-time solo project to Grammy-nominated rock band is one of indie rock's greatest success stories. Launched in the bayside college town of Bellingham, Washington, the group was originally a side project for singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard, an engineering student at Western Washington University who split his time between school and music. Taking a break from his local power pop band, Pinwheel, Gibbard began recording an album's worth of solo material during the summer...
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