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Transatlanticism

Death Cab for Cutie

2003

Transatlanticism
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Transatlanticism is the fourth studio album by rock band Death Cab for Cutie, released on October 7, 2003, by Barsuk Records. At this point in their career, the group had toured and recorded for nearly a half-decade. With tensions rising, the band decided to take time away from one another; notably, Ben Gibbard collaborated with electronic musician Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello), and released an album, Give Up, under the name the Postal Service. Death Cab regrouped in late 2002 to create Transatlanticism, which was recorded in a leisurely manner over five-day stretches until June 2003. The record is a concept album, exploring a theme of long-distance romance. Gibbard penned the lyrics, which are somber and focus on the need to be loved. Musically, the album utilizes ambience and instrumental sparseness as an extension of this theme. The album's title, likewise, references the Atlantic Ocean and uses it as a metaphor for geographic and emotional separation. Chris Walla, the band's guitarist, produced the album as he had for its predecessors. The album's artwork was created by artist Adde Russell. Prior to the album's release, Give Up had become a huge success, eventually going platinum—unusual territory for indie rock artists. The band were also referenced on the television drama The O.C., which increased their profile. Expectations for Transatlanticism were high, with the band receiving renewed attention. The album was a success: it charted at number 97 on the Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. It received acclaim from music critics, who praised its emotional tone and expansive music. It is also the band's first album with drummer Jason McGerr.

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3.25

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57

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Sat Jun 15 2024
5

The greatest indie album from the greatest indie band of all time. Instant 5/5.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
5

One of my all time faves. So impressive how Ben Gibbart is able to add lyrics about everyday but oh-so recognizable topics to each of these songs. It just clicks on so many levels. Familiar in a way like you were actually friends with this guy back in highschool, eperiencing the same things, dealing with the same trivial issues. Death Cab are also one of the most solid live acts I've seen in my life. Easy 5 stars for this one.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
5

What a throwback! I had a period where I listened to Death Cab a lot, but had forgotten them. Now listening to this album, I realise what I loved about them again! His voice is so recognizeable, and the lyrics are sombre, but kinda hopefull.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
4

Transatlanticism may not have the hits I recall, but it's immediately a standout object. Death Cab's writing - lyrical and melodic - is as always, and the music lines sit in the weird middle ground between Gibbard's voice and the low end. That makes them not quite basslines, not quite jangle pop. Déjà vu guitar lines, thematizing time and its loss.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
4

Haven't listened to Death Cab for Cutie in quite a while, good to revisit them! Very nice album. 4 stars.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
4

A super soft album from some super soft boys

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Sat Jun 15 2024
4

God, I love this band. Especially when they play live. Then they are at their best. But what a great album. Not single bad song on it and all so different. Great achievement, with also great songs as The New Year, Transatlanticism and We Looked Like Giants.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
4

Yeah, sure. I think it gives a very nostalgic experience that I enjoy quite a bit, but probably wanted just a hair more diversity in the record.

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Tue Jun 18 2024
4

A crime I haven’t listened to this one all the way through - only knew ‘Sound of Settling’ because it was a free track on Tap Tap Revenge all the way back in 2008. It’s clear to see why this is one of Death Cab’s highest-regarded LPs in an already storied discography. The album bursts vibrantly to life from the opening track, and doesn’t really let up until about 3/4 of the way through. Gibbard’s layered sonfwriting and the band’s punchy yet lush instrumentals are turned up to the max here, reaching an energy level usually not present in the project’s output. The whole thing does drop off hard after the auditory stream runs out, but the LP is so front-loaded with amazing tracks that the whole thing coasts to the end on its momentum. A fun, invigorating listen, and an album I’ll be returning to for sure.

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Tue Jul 16 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: We looked like giants

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Sat Jun 15 2024
3

Always aware of this band as a thing without any sense of what they're about or sound like. Pretty sure I had this same experience with them with an album on the main list and clearly didn't make an impression that stuck. It's decent music but it feels too studio-assembled to me, layered and sweetened and punched up into the typical post-rock sonic sludge. Happy to listen to it but it just doesn't leave a lasting imprint.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
3

Heyy I know this one! Transatlanticism at least Not that interesting to me 3

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Sat Jun 15 2024
3

In my wheelhouse for sure, but I'll take Built To Spill for this sort of thing.

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Sat Jun 22 2024
3

An enjoyable serious indie guitar album. Good songs. Brings to mind Embrace if they had better singing voices.

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Mon Jun 24 2024
3

Like a slightly more aggressive snow patrol. Was hoping it would be more emo, but I appreciated your choice none the less.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
2

I thought these guys were emo. Instead they're just boring rock. Inoffensive, predictable chord progressions and lyrics. Dreary. 2/5.

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Sat Jun 15 2024
1

Nothing happened to me with this album, I listened to it and suddenly forgot I was listening to it. Sorry

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