Re: Death Cab for Cutie Appreciation
The more I've listened, the more I like the new album. It's not better than narrow stairs but it's good.
Ben, like any songwriter, writes better when he's unhappy or at least feels chaos in his life. Married to Zooey deschanel I can't imagine he feels anything like that anymore. Just listen to trans and you hear a man near the brink of a nervous breakdown, someone that is unhappy with how his life and relationships have gone. Songs like lightness and expo 86 are the best examples, lyrically they read like a broken man caught up in his own thoughts and fears, desperate for something new. That's what makes it so popular I think, many people can relate to that.
Now in his lyrics he's just so happy. He still writes good songs but there's a reason his lyrics and the music as a whole has shifted themes over 4 albums.
Sound of the engines and the smell of the grain
We go riding on the abolition grain train
Stephen A. Douglas was a great debater
But Abraham Lincoln was the great emancipator