Label: Barsuk It’s not just sadness and honesty that make Codes and Keys a better album than most folks give it credit for —it’s the duality, the clashing sense of trying so hard to keep something together and ultimately failing. It’s a triptych of yearning, devotion, and, in the end, heartbreak all recorded in real time. And that lack of self-awareness somehow feels more sincere than the album the band just put out, which seems to deal with the aforementioned topics in a much more open, head-on fashion. NPR branded Kintsugi as Death Cab for Cutie’s divorce record, but they’re wrong. The band already released it in this record four years earlier, even if they didn’t know it at the time.