Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 1:46pm
Codes and Keys (2011), Death Cab's seventh studio album, continues in the same vein previous recent albums Plans (2005) and Narrow Stairs (2008), which is to say: melodic, atmospheric, instantly recognizable tracks. One of the band's major strengths is singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard's lyrics, which tell whole stories within each song. (Gibbard, also of the band The Postal Service, has "a gift for singing like his heart can't quite fit in his chest," according to NPR.) The songs may be sorrowful and occasionally haunting, but they're still catchy enough to become stuck in your head. You may even recognize one or two - "Home Is A Fire" or "You Are A Tourist" - from the radio. Rather than losing steam over time, Death Cab for Cutie's music is as appealing as ever.
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:17pm
After building substantial buzz over the past year, LA fuzzy-pop group Best Coast released their debut album “Crazy for You”. Guitarist and singer Bethany Cosentino combines 1950s pop melodies and nostalgic boy/girl lyrics with driving beats and reverberated guitars. Comparisons to Vivian Girls and Sleater Kinney are obvious, but fans of Liz Phair and The Breeders will find Best Coast’s familiar sound sweet, melodic, lovelorn, and fun. This is a “California” record; highly recommended to beat the winter blues.
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