Death Cab for Cutie // Kintsugi
Death Cab for Cutie shows some spark on *Kintsugi, resulting in a very solid record for the veteran group.
Death Cab For Cutie
Kintsugi marks an interesting point in Death Cab for Cutie's canon. It's the first album to be released since 2011's Codes and Keys, a release that was widely met with a resounding meh. Add in the departure of guitarist and producer Chris Walla (who still played on Kintsugi), and you have the ingredients for a band in flux. Then the band began releasing songs like "Black Sun" and "No Room in Frame" to build up anticipation for the latest album, a pair of synthy tracks that sounded less like a band that was resting on its laurels and more like one that was taking some of its best traits – intimate lyrics and chiming orchestration – and giving them a fresh twist. Even with Kintsugi's strong start, the album does lull at times, with songs like "Everything's a Ceiling" missing the mark. Still, Death Cab showed some spark on Kintsugi, resulting in a very solid record for the veteran group. – Alex Bieler