May 14, 2008

Album Review: Narrow Stairs

Death Cab for Cutie's latest album, Narrow Stairs has been one of the more anticipated albums, one of several this year, and it's one that I feel is one of the better albums of the year so far. Death Cab for Cutie has been a consistent sound in the indie rock scene for a number of years now, and with this release, they're shaking things up a little. The sound, which seemed like it had a much softer edge has hardened a bit. There's more guitar, giving it a bite. Songs are a bit faster, more interesting. They do slow it down a bit, but even then, there's a different feel and rhythm to their sound.

It's a jump from their last album, Plans, and an even bigger jump from Transalanticism. I like the change. The group sounds a little more experienced, together and overall, better with this latest album. There's a real pulse here, more energy and intensity behind it. Overall, I think that this is one of their best efforts yet.

Cath... - Death Cab for Cutie
Bixby Canyon Bridge - Death Cab for Cutie