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Minimizing The Focus: Love Amplified


Finally, Death Cab For Cutie has found the patience to make the stunningly beautiful album they are fully capable of. Following the forced and distanced, although brilliant, "Transatlanticism", "Plans" finds the band succeeding as they should, bringing the intimate moment into a glowing focus with songs that stretch out, bend and breath with such ease and warmth that you find yourself instantly touched and welcomed. It's as if immediately feeling at home, to start the record and have it please so easily.

One could easily say that Death Cab has never released a "bad album", they've just failed to meet the high bar they are capable of. "The Photo Album" found them repeating other records, "Transatlanticism" found them forcing for the grandious. Now we see them simply stepping into the light, a lengthily amount of hype behind them, and satisfying all desires their fanbase might have expected of them.

This album seems to be of the sort that time will only enrich it's varied offerings. But it can be easily said that, at first listen, I could not be more excited, moved and interested in "Plans". All those things, I would have never expected from this band, after two mixed releases. Well done Death Cab.
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