DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE - Narrow Stairs LP
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE - Narrow Stairs LP

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE - Narrow Stairs LP

SGD 45.00

Label: Barsuk No longer crooning about love or his desire to embrace all of Manhattan, frontman Ben Gibbard lives inside his own troubled head on these 11 tracks -- or at least the heads of the characters he conjures up with ease, like some music-minded novelist with a knack for pop melodies and witty observations. But the album largely paints itself as the darker, mysterious cousin to Plans -- raw rather than polished, heartbroken rather than optimistic, enigmatic rather than energetic. Gibbard strings his words together with an army of free-flowing "ands" and "buts", and the resulting lyrics -- long, uncoiling sentences with no clear end -- mirror his characters' desperatation. Narrow Stairs is far from desperate, however, and the album's willingness to steer Death Cab into unfamiliar territory (or, to reference an earlier lyric, "into the dark"), is by far its biggest strength.

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