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Death Cab For Cutie: PlansPlans (2005)
Warner Music Group

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Snorecore is a very amusing term that I've noticed popping up around the ‚??Org recently. I'm assuming it is meant to describe a boring ass, lethargic band that you just can't get into. Now, most weeks I'd be defending Death Cab For Cutie from such an A.D.D.-inspired term. I'd be stressing Ben Gibbard's quirky, bittersweet lyrics, Chris Walla's genius arrangements, or Jason McGregor's upbeat and always interesting drumming so that I could try to convince you guys that Death Cab can do oh so much and the fact that you get bored while listening to them disheartens me (maybe you need huge music dork headphones like me?). On a normal day I'd be calling Sickboi out to the streets for another rap battle. But the truth is that since I started college and moved into my dorm room, Plans, the band's first major label release, is about the only thing that helps me sleep at night.

Sadly, there really aren't any surprises on this new release. Death Cab is the same atmospheric, melancholy little indie rock band they were on Transatlancism, and Ben Gibbard is still using his post-Postal Service "mature" writing voice. The biggest difference here though is that Gibbard is no longer musing about his lost loves, because it appears he's found love. So in true self-destructive form, most of the songs on Plans are about the end of his current relationship. Throughout the album Gibbard is constantly touching upon when he and his lover will both die. And like always, he is bittersweet and pretty (if you put this CD on when a chick is around, she may even just wanna make out with you, this of course pending if she's actually thinking out the words to the songs), but he really hits a home run with "Brother's On A Hotel Bed." In this elegant ballad, Ben tells the tale of a couple who's grown old and can't find what they loved in each other years before;

You may tire of me‚?¶because I'm not who I used to be. No longer easy on the eyes but these wrinkles masterfully disguise the youthful boy below, who turned your way and saw something he was not looking for: Both a beginning and an end. But now he lives inside someone he does not recognize when he catches his reflection on accident.
The truth is that even though on this release Death Cab can almost sound like a distorted, jangled out Iron & Wine (especially on track 2, "Soul Meets Body"), Plans could very well just have been Transatlanticism 2. And that's disappointing. It's like when I went to see "Spiderman 2" and I basically paid to see the original movie twice (I was pissed). It's the same thing but with more tweaks and bigger special effects. Not to get all Long Islandy, but it's deja entendu all over again. My biggest problem with this album seems to be that it's not the best album of the year. All year I've been waiting to get this CD to come out so that I could marvel at how beautiful it is. And while I do marvel at times (the bass line on "Summer Skin" gives me the shivers) something just feels wrong. Given the cast of characters it could have been a much more inspired release.

All in all, Death Cab For Cutie is still a competent indie rock band and Plans is a decent release for them. The kids will gobble it up. Seth Cohen will have a host of brand spanking new lyrics to quote so he can sound "witty" and "cute" (I'm being ironic, I don't watch "The OC," shut up). The album is certainly no flop, and I imagine in a year or so we'll be hearing about the plans for another new CD. Maybe I won't get my hopes so high up in 2007, and maybe by then DCFC will stop ripping off A Wilhelm Scream‚?¶

 

 
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kenada (December 30, 2006)

don't think, just listen..... perfection

exodus0000000 (September 13, 2006)

Death Cab for Cutie is the SHIT! They're 1 of my favorite bands of all time (and I don't have a whole lot, just a handful). I honestly can't see how someone can't like...hell, love them. I do admit that Plans isn't my favorite DCFC album, Transatlanticism and We Have the facts... are two of my absolute favorites. Come on, "Tiny Vessels", "Champagne from a paper cup", "Company Calls Epilogue" , "Bend to Squares", "Title Track", "We looked Like Giants", those are fuckin great songs especially tiny vessels and Champagne from a paper cup. I didn't have a favorite singer/songwriter until Ben Gibbard, I really like Gwen Stefani (yeah I like Gwen so fuck whoever finds that funny), but I didn't exactly worship her ability like Ben's. I'm somewhat new to DCFC though I haven't heard the "photobooth" album, and I'm just now listenting to "Something About Airplanes", but they're FUCKIN INSANELY GREAT. Bottom line if you don't Love DCFC then your music preference is...I don't know, somewhere else. They're insanely good.

themikestatic (July 31, 2006)

i wasnt a fan of transatlanticism, i still have "somethine about airplanes" and "we have the facts" on pretty steady rotation. but plans i felt was pretty good.

RBD-biatchh (July 1, 2006)

this band is effing TiiZZiight!!!! hahah but its really mellow and relaxing and i love that!

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

Has the be the best CD I've heard in years.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

i fucking love this band....amazing and great cd...keep it up death cab and ye fuck the haters

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Best cd ever

Marlon (October 20, 2005)

You're an idiot if you think this review is "knocking" on Death Cab. Expecting more from, yes, knocking, no.

Anonymous (October 13, 2005)

It was hard to follow transatlanticism. That album was great. But so is Plans. If you don't like Plans why are you posting on punknews.org under the review for it. You obviously are interested in it somewhat. what have you accomplished by knocking it. Remember.. before you become harsh with your judgements, your opinions are just opinions. Chill out.

CallingLondon (September 16, 2005)

listening to it now for the first time and I like it so far. you say there's no surprises? how about "Different Names"? I'm only half way through but i'm thoroughly enjoying it so far. it's not even all that melencholy. quite flushed out melodies.

Anonymous (September 11, 2005)

Dude, you totally missed the point of the album..

tylerdurden8136 (September 4, 2005)

Music for people who TiVo the OC.

I want to fucking shoot this band and a good 10% of their fans.

haha, my thoughts exactly...i think enjoy that idea much too much.

Anonymous (September 4, 2005)

Music for people who TiVo the OC.

I want to fucking shoot this band and a good 10% of their fans.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

i'm just listening to plans for the first time while i read all these comments... it's definitely not as good as their last but really how could it be. that doesn't make it bad though. I'm digging it for what it is.

i agree with the guy a bunch of posts down about Mark Lanegan's Bubblegum. If you like that you should also try Twilight Singer's Blackberry Belle... he does a song with Greg Dulli on it.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

This and transatlaticism are quite different. Other than that, okay review. Even though I would rate it so much higher.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

As a long time death cab fan I thought I'd chip in seeing how most of you are punk fans determined to hate dcfc regardless. That said, it's a pretty mediocre album. There's nothing terribly wrong with it, but there's very little right with it. I'm no writer so I can't really express it better then that, sorry. Not recommended.

-sce

Anonymous (September 1, 2005)

plaidical,

read the ruiner comments, and then read the comments in the death cab for cutie dvd that was recently reviewed

dazed (September 1, 2005)

Boring sleeptastic overly earnest nonsense. Kind of like that second Spider-Man movie minus the action scenes. Actually, scratch that. The second Spiderman movie dragged out the angst waaaay too long and was an overrated bore but I'd watch it again whereas I refuse to sit through another Death Cab or Postal Service song.

Russe11 (August 31, 2005)

plaidical..It's a long story, I would just suggest you go read the comments in the review of AWS's ruiner.

Plaidical (August 31, 2005)

anyone want to do the hard work for me and explain what the inside joke is between this band and AWS?

rkl (August 31, 2005)

wyzo: the big rumor was that it was going to be carnage instead of venom. too bad.

darkstarm (August 31, 2005)

Ben Gibbard is a racist homophobe.

that is why I hate this band.

well maybe not, but I certainly know enough about music to know that this band is boring, unoriginal, and has so much forced "emotion" that it is completely void of it.

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

"oh and for the record spider man 2 was so much better than the first one, except for the part where everyone sees peter and they carry him like jesus"

the only thing i don't like is their are no villians. Their are infinite good guys turned villians.

Green goblin didn't mean to be evil.
Doc Ock, Nope, it all went so horrible wrong.
Hobgoblin won't 'want' to be evil either.

Venom? He's a regular guy with a parasite.

CANT WE JUST HAVE ONE GUY WHO WANTS TO RAPE MURDER TORCH RAPE, AND DESTROY RAPE WITH TORCHING MURDERED RAPISTS?

Oh, i haven't seen it, but does the OC actually quote lyrics? I thought it was like song during credits type of thing.

anyway, listen to a random 20 seconds of each song, and you get 12 of the same song. Not horrible, but nothing to wake up before 3 PM for.

wyzo

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

"I like this band, and last time I checked I don't have a vagina... I haven't heard this album, but both "Trasatlanticwhatamacallit" and "Photo Album" were both really good indie rock albums. Sure, their not crust punk, but not everyone can be that creative and inspiring.

Nope, I still don't have a vagina."

no, but you are a faggot for saying "transatlanticwhatamacallit".

and Entourage pwnz all other TV shows on right now.
excluding cartoons (family guy).

rainbow-trash (August 31, 2005)

I think this is a pretty sweet album, and that's all.

poopypants (August 31, 2005)

oh and for the record spider man 2 was so much better than the first one, except for the part where everyone sees peter and they carry him like jesus

paul

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

you know that time when DCFC went metal and ultimatley failed? well as it turns out that never happened, they just stayed the same and still sucked ass and Nick from AWS ate them as a snack

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

the diorama that was photographed for the layout looks cool, socre is for that

SethCohen (August 30, 2005)

This is actually a lot better than I was expecting it to be.

Costanza (August 30, 2005)

oh man the down to earth approach fucking SUCKS. you need to go fucking jump off a cliff you piece of shit.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

SKABOOM.
A. You are named after a bad Toasters album
B. Good bands have good B-sides. (i.e. modest mouse)
BOO Y'ALL

rkl (August 30, 2005)

garcia > lanegan.
death cab for cutie = not creative. love songs are the easiest to write. everyone has been in love. everyone knows the pain of love. people can easily identify, and theyre simple to churn out.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

then why bother announcing it?

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

THE NEW LOWS tonight in NYC @ The Lit Lounge. I hope you peoples already got your tickets. The motherfucker is SOLD THE FUCK OUT.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

"(if you put this CD on when a chick is around, she may even just wanna make out with you, this of course pending if she‚??s actually thinking out the words to the songs)"

lame... and Spiderman 2 was dope.

On a totally different note, if you like QOTSA and the Screaming Trees check out the Mark Lanegan Band's "Bubblegum". You don't hear anyone sing like that anymore, one of the best voices of modern rock.

-Not-to-Regret

Crookedsuperhero (August 30, 2005)

Haha, nice addition of the AWS joke.

skaboom (August 30, 2005)

"Fuck Death Cab For Cutie. Did anyone hear the Itunes only song "Start Again"? Its makes the rest of Plans sound like a god damn masterpiece."

It's called a B-side. It was released as an iTunes exclusive because it didn't make the cut for the actual album. Meaning, someone who actually knows something about music (not you, clearly) acknowledged that it wasn't as good as the other songs.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

spider-man comics '63-'90 or so >>>>> both spider-man movies
by far

death cab's older stuff was decent, but transatlanticism was so flamingly bland. the lyrics were trying way too hard to be clever and ended up coming off as really pretentious and, other than title & registration, the music was in no way engaging or interesting, just really dull. it wasn't a bad album, but it was pretty damn mediocre. i highly doubt this record will be any better.

kirbypuckett (August 30, 2005)

Marlon, never speak bad about Spiderman again.

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

so i guess you're never going to post the new every time i die album?

that's fucking lame.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

This website is a music site. Who the fuck cares about movies anyway. Fuck Hollywood. Fuck Major Labels. Fuck this site.

CellarDoor (August 30, 2005)

Spiderman 2 was an overall good sequel - for a superhero franchise. Even though the acting was subpar, the storyline, the action, the characters evolution and the special effects made up for it. Spiderman 3 should rip though, especially since Topher Grace was added to the cast.

New Kanye West is great but is still overhyped. Dude spits his heart out, but struggles to spit quotables (Kanye is outshined on every guest track). Production is top-notch though.

New DCFC is aiight, but is still music for pussies.

arturoroxmysox (August 30, 2005)

could be better, could be worse.

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

You went and saw a SEQUEL and complain about it being like the first one.

Well excuse me for wanting to see progression and change instead of the same kind of Peter suffering for Mary Jane shit. Excuse me for being a tad put off that the movie followed the exact same formula as it flowed from begginning to end. I can assure I have common sense, and while my taste in movies is not as knowledgeable or as refined as my taste in music Spiderman 2 fucking sucked. Now shut the fuck up and eat your pie bitch.

sickboi (August 30, 2005)

Spidey 2 had better action sequences, actual acting, and a better story.

The problem? Fucking Peter Parker taking his mask off for EVERYONE.

Venom is gonna make the 3rd movie the best.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

How is Spiderman 2 like the first one? They both have a web slinging hero who wears red and blue?

You went and saw a SEQUEL and complain about it being like the first one. Well all your credibility went out the window with me right there. You're obviously not the kind of person that is any kind of position to tell anyone else about the quality of a cd. With your common sense being so low and all.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

and i wish reviewers would stop mentioning other bands and artists in their reviews. that gets so goddamn irritating to read. "they're ripping of this band" or "they sound like this band".

The ripping off A Willhelm Scream is just a little Punk News in joke. I stand by my mentioning of Iron & Wine though... and I'm standing by with some cheese to give you with your "whine"! Oh snap!

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

"what sarah said" sounds like a B-side off of Transatlanticism.

pastepunk (August 30, 2005)

and i wish reviewers would stop mentioning other bands and artists in their reviews. that gets so goddamn irritating to read. "they're ripping of this band" or "they sound like this band".

lets get original. describe the songs, and the arrangements, don't just take the easy route. blah, im done.

---

It's not laziness by any means - it's done for a reason, to connect the dots for readers who have a less intimate knowledge of what's being discussed. Band comparisons are helpful as a qualifying mechanism, and also help elucidate the tastes of the review - they are much more than mere shortcuts.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

if some numbfuck from Down to Earth Approach likes your shit you know you're doing something wrong

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

this album is great. not in the same vein as transatlanticism, more reverting to the somberness of the photo album or airplanes. great cd though. "what sarah said" is an amazing song. all in all, i disagree with the reviewer, but not for the obvious reasons. he said that this album is mostly about a current relationship, and seeing her die. i think, this album is about death in general. it's about coming to terms with mortality, and leaving behind a wake of troubled mourners and sadness.

and i wish reviewers would stop mentioning other bands and artists in their reviews. that gets so goddamn irritating to read. "they're ripping of this band" or "they sound like this band".

lets get original. describe the songs, and the arrangements, don't just take the easy route. blah, im done.

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

I meant to say "Do you...*"

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

Dude you throw up the horns a lot in your sleep?

sickboi (August 30, 2005)

Best album to put on to go to sleep?

Face to Face - Ignorance is Bliss

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

Sickboi I really want to send you my Six Organs of Admittance CD and see what your response is. I have a feeling you'll be procaliming it the cure for insomnia.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I think "Different Names for the Same Thing" and "Someday You WIll Be Loved" are a little weak, but the rest of the disc is pretty strong. "Crooked Teeth" is currently my favorite cut... but the more I hear "Summer Skin", the more I like it: those creepy, gurgling voices and that bass line do it for me.

poopypants (August 30, 2005)

BORING

paul

sickboi (August 30, 2005)

Snore-core pioneers.

Seriously, I could see using this music to go to bed or get it on, but do kids actually drive around listening to this shit?

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

On a somewhat related subject... Have any of heard Seth Cohen's band Big Japan or something? They fucking blow.

blade-runner (August 30, 2005)

"...Airplanes" was good however. Fuck Nip/Tuck. Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 4 = Sex

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

more postal service, less death cab.
more desaparecidos, less bright eyes.
more good life, less cursive.

I can get behind all of those statements except the last one. Cursive is much better than The Good Life.

BrandonSideleau (August 30, 2005)

crap........sorry, just my opinion

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

to the person way below wanting to know what to buy from death cab...get the photo album. great shit on there.
-TOBB

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Seth Cohen loves it, why don't you?

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

fuck the OC.

buy nip/tuck season 2 on dvd tomorrow.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I still dont understand how a shitty band from Batavia, NY gets signed to Vagrant Records. Oh yeah...i forgot. Vagrant Records sucks ass. Those Dashboard Confessional records are fucking classics. I heard they dropped Saves The Day after their last brain-fart. Thank god the new Eels record had 30 fucking tracks and 2 good songs.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Pitchfork is going to give "PLANS" a 0.0

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Kanye west album of the year. Pitchfork media biggest vagina of the year. Mtv pitchfork = $$$$

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

What the fuck does some dude from one of those shitty vagrant bands know about music. Fuck Down To Earth Approach. Fuck Death Cab For Cutie. Did anyone hear the Itunes only song "Start Again"? Its makes the rest of Plans sound like a god damn masterpiece.

swingline (August 30, 2005)

more postal service, less death cab.

more desaparecidos, less bright eyes.

more good life, less cursive.

the_other_scott (August 30, 2005)

this band's ok, transatlantacism was a decent record

i'll check this shit out

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

This is Jonathan from the band Down To Earth Approach.... i'm not afraid to say that this record is possibly the album of the year. You're all crazy if you don't see it... Summer Skin, I Will Follow You Into The Dark, Your Heart Is An Empty Room, Brothers On A Hotel Bed, AND Stable Song (even better then it's original- stability) are all SO FUCKING AMAZING that you'd be crazy not to realize their genious. This record may not have the quirky flair that you desire in a death cab record, but it definitely makes up for it with some of the most beautiful songs i've ever heard. Definitely give it a chance, because it's like finding true love in a record.

yayforapathy (August 30, 2005)

"Death Cab is just music for girls with absent father syndrome and huge vaginas.

Nothing more, nothing less.

-Will"

I like this band, and last time I checked I don't have a vagina... I haven't heard this album, but both "Trasatlanticwhatamacallit" and "Photo Album" were both really good indie rock albums. Sure, their not crust punk, but not everyone can be that creative and inspiring.

Nope, I still don't have a vagina.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Marlon..."Brothers On A Hotel Bed" makes both my ears and my asshole bleed. The New Lows do indeed rock. Why does this site even bother reviewing albums this terrible.

psychoos231 (August 30, 2005)

THE OC? ugh

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I don't know why everyone doesn't like this CD. It's fucking great. oh well.

the photo album > transatlanticism

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Postal service is not much better consider they just rip off the notwist

colin (August 30, 2005)

spiderman and spiderman 2 both sucked.

this album is kinda lame though. but "what sarah said" is a really good song.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

WHERE'S THE NEW LOWS REVIEW! Maybe after your 5-Star Kanye West review. This is Death Cab's Major Label Disaster. ATLANTIC RECORD$ thanks for my early Hanukah gift. Another paper weight. Please illegally download this album.

stevejonestherealbones (August 30, 2005)

haha..ok mr smarty pants marlon...2 it is

- jones

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

Sickboi, cause he's a person and not a reference. He does not need to be researched or looked up in the archives to get the remark.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

how could you compare this to spiderman 2?
Spiderman 2 was a great movie in that it showed how flawed peter parker is.
anyways. this cd is pretty good. not great but an enjoyable listen none the less

stevejonestherealbones (August 30, 2005)

sickboi, snorecore, and the closing line...i know three isnt riddled...and i didnt actually mind it.

anyway, which one of my 3 arent you counting?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

Steve there's only two PN references!

stevejonestherealbones (August 30, 2005)

this fucking review....

riddled with punknew.org references...jesus christ.

thats cool i guess. this fucking band is boring though.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

theundergroundscene (August 30, 2005)

this band fucked themselves by ever releasing transatlanticism

simply because it's better than anything they'll ever release from here on out

after the first three songs, this thing DRAGSSSSSS

Marlon (August 30, 2005)

The reference has nothing to do with Brand New's CDs per say, but the term "Deja Entendu" is like "Deja Vu" but meaning something you've "heard before" instead of "seen before" thus why deja entendu is not italaicized or capitalized like a CD title.

Archangel (August 30, 2005)

Deja Entendu doesn't sound like Your Favorite Weapon. Either I misunderstood what you were saying or you didn't listen to both releases.

I may get this. Or I may get one of their older CDs. All I have now is Transatlanticism. What should I do?

greenerton (August 30, 2005)

Postal Service > DCFC, man.

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

I love death cab, but apart from like 3 songs, i can not get into this at all

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Death Cab is just music for girls with absent father syndrome and huge vaginas.

Nothing more, nothing less.

-Will

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