Something About Airplanes [Deluxe Edition]

Something About Airplanes [Deluxe Edition]

by Death Cab for CutieDeath Cab for Cutie

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Overview

The fact that Elsinor and Barsuk, two relatively small labels, conspired to co-release Something About Airplanes should give some indication as to its quality. It's a solid, emotive, and frequently impressive indie rock record that foreshadows Death Cab for Cutie's eventual ascent into the mainstream. Sonically, the band falls somewhere on the dreamier and more pop-oriented end of Built to Spill's sound (particularly on Keep It Like a Secret), alongside the Posies' most pensive tracks, or with Delta Haymax -- that is, dynamic, melodic, and somewhat atmospheric Northwestern rock. What's important, however, is that the composition, arrangement, and perfect vocal harmonies of Something About Airplanes are all hugely effective; the band uses light touches of flute, synth, or cello to add the necessary textures to its well-crafted pop songs, and the result has a consistently impressive and thoroughly engaging quality that rivals Built to Spill's Keep It Like a Secret. Which is quite a complement -- but tracks like "Bend to Squares" and "Pictures in an Exhibition" deserve as much adulation as one can offer. [In 2008, Barsuk celebrated the band's 10-year anniversary by releasing a deluxe edition of Something About Airplanes, which included a bonus disc of Death Cab's first live performance in Seattle.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 0655173107928
catalogNumber: 3107928
Rank: 112766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Death Cab for Cutie   Primary Artist
Erika Jacobs   Cello
Chris Walla   Organ,Guitar,Electric Piano
Ben Gibbard   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Nathan Good   Drums
Nick Harmer   Bass
Abi Hall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Marr   Composer
Morrissey   Composer
Erika Jacobs   String Arrangements,String Writing
Sean Nelson   Liner Notes
Chris Walla   Composer
Ben Gibbard   Composer
Jay Chilcote   Composer
Chuck Robertson   Engineer
Christian Helms   Reissue Package Design

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