Codes and Keys by Death Cab for Cutie

Codes and Keys by Death Cab for Cutie
Posted by Jenny Arch on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 1:46pm

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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.