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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


I am a long time DCFC fan and love mostly all of their previous music. This is definitely not their best effort. Most of the songs sound the same and really do not have anything special to offer. I still support them but in the future guys please make a better attempt at an album.

I have another reason to wake up in the morning.

I love this.


Amazing album. I love it. Nothing left to say.....I especially love Portable Televison and You Are a Tourist. You must have them. Maybe you also try to mix them with some chillout songs like those you find on the album AOM (Atlantic Ocean Moods).


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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