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Album Review

Like the also-great Idaho or Wheat, to file Death Cab for Cutie under the mellow-pop umbrella that shelters tranquil chamber outfits such as Red House Painters, Low, or (post-dance-pop) Talk Talk would do them a gross, miscalculated service. While they're no strangers to the tickling knelling of guitars searching out the extra space found in laggard tempos, that predilection only encompasses a fourth of Death Cab for Cutie's output (like on "Title Track" and "Little Fury Bugs"). Heck, they're not even remotely quiet for half of We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes — the best and brightest LP of their three fine albums to date. Ben Gibbard has turned into a sublime composer, using melodies sparingly but with splendid tunefulness, as all four players marinate his writing with delicately plucked, picked, and pulled arpeggios, ringing chords, and non-obvious atmosphere building. Verily, the slow, broody stuff is but a change of pace; it's when the volume doubles (if only occasionally crashes), when the band shows potency, that We Have the Facts starts flying, soaring with exigency beyond even the threatening storm clouds from the last flight plan, 1998's Something About Airplanes. "Lowell, MA" and "Company Calls" are perfect examples: drummer Nathan Good actually gets to punish his snare and toms, the other three dig in with him, and the words "indie pop" suddenly sounds fresh and alive, with real aggressive, post-dream pop guitar popscapes. Loud and soft, or most of all both, and plenty of points in between, DCFC write and record finished songs that emote, that do more than merely fill a slot in a form in a preconceived genre. In short, they're superb. And getting greater.

Customer Reviews

One of most intelligent concept albums ever written

This album tells a story. This album is about hearbreak, fear, being alone, falling in love, frustration, and desperation. How all of these ideas can be captured within an hour of music is amazing. Sadly, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes is one of Death Cab's least known albums because it was one of their earlier works. This album is mature and I invite anyone reading this to give it a sincere try. If you don't have time to listen to the whole thing, at least try "Title Track", "For What Reason", "Little Fury Bugs", "Company Calls",and "Company Calls Epilogue".

Brilliant album

How is it that such simple guitar work can sound like an orchestra to my ears. Ben Gibbard is the songwriter of a generation.


I agree wholeheartedly with everything Aaron19BEE wrote in his review, this is a brilliant concept album. This is my favorite album of all time. Makes me nostalgic for a time I barely remember, for a love I never had. I highly recommend checking out "Lowell, MA" "405" "Company Calls" and "The Employment Pages." I recommend listening to the whole album through though, hard to cherry pick!


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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