The 10th anniversary of one of Death Cab for Cutie’s best and most rewarding records, sees a re-release of the album in its entirety, bundled together with a bonus disc featuring demo versions of each track on the album. It is here that we see the real prize in this re-release, as the demos act as simply another version of the phenomenal ‘Transatlanticism’ album. The album is packed together with the original album, and the complete demo album, offering something that is actually worth purchasing if you’re a die-hard Death Cab for Cutie fan. The original album is as perfect as ever, as we all undoubtedly know, and it is in the demo versions of the songs do we see the real reward of the 10th anniversary edition of ‘Transatlanticism’.
Back in 2003, ‘Transatlanticism’ managed to mark a brilliant transition from Death Cab for Cutie’s charming yet somewhat flawed lo-fi style, and rush straight into the alternative-rock style that the band is now well known for. Each track on ‘Transatlanticism’ offers brilliantly towards its overall shape, featuring some of their best known and most revered songs in their career. The real focus though on ‘Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)’ is the second disc of demo versions of the whole album, where we hear a raw passion in the track listing. Each track offers a different experience, with most tracks offering a radical difference to the original tracks, whether it be in the instrumentals or even in the lyrics, we we’re hinted towards different suggestions in the songs themes. The whole demo experience sounds like a complete album, making it rewarding and interesting in its own way, and acting as a very worthy companion piece to the re-released album.
‘Transatlanticism’ is an album with one or two flaws, though it still remains one of the bands best albums. The only negative traits we can find in this re-release is in the new material, which is of course the demo versions of the album. It’s hard to criticize the demo versions of the songs, as they are full to the brim of flaws and poor ideas, but ultimately these ideas never made it to the finished version of the album, and thus the flaws are what makes the demo versions so attractive and enjoyable. It seems though that the most disappointing moments on the album are the songs that don’t differ that much from their completed versions, suggesting that they don’t offer much in the ways of a new experience.
The 10th anniversary edition of ‘Transatlanticism’ sees Death Cab for Cutie brilliantly re-releasing the album in fine form. The band has managed to not just re-release the album, but bundle it up with something than fans of the band will find enjoyable and rewarding. The demo album offers an incredibly intimate insight into one of the bands best and most revered album works, and certainly makes the whole re-release actually worth paying attention to. It must be said though, that this re-release is most definitely an album release that is for the fans of the band, though the overall album package does surpass the original 2003 release. ‘Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition’ is perhaps one of the better re-releases of album, as it at least manages to offer something worth purchasing, and it certainly re-affirms why this is one of Death Cab for Cutie’s best album releases thus far in their career.
- ★★★★★ 5/5
Selected Songs (Original Album)
- Title & Registration
- Tiny Vessels
- A Lack Of Color
Selected Songs (Demo Album)
- The Sound Of Settling
- We Looked Like Giants
Death Cab for Cutie’s ‘Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition) is set for release on 29th October 2013 in both vinyl and digital formats.