The sonorous and epic indieidiom as Death Cab for Cutie, to some extent, invented, and came to popularize a life of its own now, and they themselves have not found any sensible ways to revamp their expression. The last album ”Thank you for today” sounds strangely anonymous, as if they were one in the amount of all stadiumindieband whose music is mainly heard during the end credits to any in-stream ungdomsserie. Death Cab for Cutie is competing, over twenty years into their career, with their fox and not with their former peers.
the Last time I saw them was in 2006, at Berns. Half of the audience were pale indiekids, half of the audience fragrant OC-viewers. The band had just played great and was about to grow out of their old clothes.
hit songs or frontman Ben Gibbard, who wore them, rather, it was the band's collective ability to find the engine of every song and grind forward until the crowd came to them.
Now they seem to like to apply other strategies. A sleek and slimmed-down Ben Gibbard stands in the center with rolled-up sleeves and rehearsed poses. But it is like he has taken on directing and not able to play its role with credibility. The band is subtle. But what they win in the commercial clarity they lose in collective strength.
the Initial ”I dreamt we spoke again” sounds just like on the album pale and makes me wonder if they really become this boring, really, now. The success and growth need not automatically mean slätstrukenhet, but Death Cab for Cutie has not managed to grow with integrity intact.
the right get, and just as in the case with the concert twelve years ago a arbetsseger for the whole band rather than the performance of the grand solo effort. Fine collaborative trifles as drummer Jason McGerrs very precise and the driving hi-hat, Nick Harmers very physical basspel and Gibbards sympathetic spindly guitar sound.
It is in the long songs, like ”I will possess your heart”, they win. The many shorter poplåtarna will be however, nagging. Gibbard is able to not vary their vocal melodies, it is as if he sings the same verse over and over again. As if he misunderstood what are the qualities that once made the band great.
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