Indie-rock band Death Cab For Cutie offer up their latest album ‘Kintsugi’, their first album in their long career featuring a different producer following on from the departure of member Chris Walla. On ‘Kintsugi’, we see Death Cab for Cutie offering up more of their quintessential and charming indie-rock music, partnering together lead singer Benjamin Gibbard’s introspective lyrical style with enjoyable instrumentals. In many ways, it’s a very typical Death Cab for Cutie album, featuring accessible and enjoyable tracks that are certain to become popular fan favourites, though there’s elements of experimentation here and there, showcasing the band as one who are always looking forward and making attempts to broaden their own style in any way they can.
There’s a lovely element running throughout ‘Kintsugi’, which seems to push forward a forlorn and somewhat diminished perspective on love once again (differing from the bands’ previous 2012 album ‘Codes & Keys’). It seems thematically, things have taken a turn from the bands’ previous album effort, with Gibbard indulging much more in ideas and concepts previously explored on his earlier material, though this time with a much added level of maturity. Although we’ve heard these themes and ideas before, Gibbard pushes out his own ideas and themes with effortless ease, making everything sound natural, without really being forced upon the listener.
Death Cab For Cutie have pushed out a rather enjoyable album effort with ‘Kintsugi’, which is offers up charm and moodiness in equal measures and both in accessible and enjoyable ways. Although there’s much that works well for ‘Kintsugi’, it seems certain parts of the album drag on somewhat, acting a little sluggishly on the overall palette being presented by the album itself. Whilst there’s many enjoyable and accessible tracks being presented by the band, it seems others don’t really match up all that well, sounding a little like filler material on an otherwise strong album.
‘Kintsugi’ might not be the strongest Death Cab For Cutie album, though it is certainly a step up from their previous album effort, offering up a lot more in terms of themes, concepts and ideas. Many of the elements being presented on the album work well, with the poorer tracks not impacting too greatly on the overall album experience (though it could certainly benefit from trimming here and there). It seems work with a new producer hasn’t impacted too greatly on Death Cab For Cutie’s overall sound, though will the departure of Chris Walla impact on the bands’ follow up album to ‘Kintsugi’?
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Death Cab For Cutie’s eighth studio album ‘Kintsugi’ is out now.