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Death Cab for Cutie
This is the album with Death Cab for Cutie's boldest, most interesting, best written material. While the themes and emotions explored aren't exactly new, DCFC makes them seem that way with beautiful lyrics and common themes interwoven throughout the length of the album. It may lag a few times along the way, but overall, Transatlanticism is pretty wonderful.
Automatic for the People
R.E.M.'s best album, and one of the greatest albums ever made. It's perfectly paced, and always succeeds in keeping things interesting and beautiful. It slowly reels you in until the midsection. Here, where so many albums dip into mediocrity, songs keep getting more interesting and foot-tapping, with a couple of breathers before the finale. The last act is incredible. "Man on the Moon," "Nightswimming," and finally "Find the River" flow perfectly into each other to an immensely satisfying, peaceful ending with the promise of more journeys to come. This album is a light at the end of a tunnel.
Manners is kind of hit-or-miss. The meandering middle is pretty much forgettable, as is the final song. That being said, I LOVE this album. Its basic sound is sugary and sweet, but this is perfectly balanced by gritty lyrics about searching for sanity in the world. Most of these songs are irresistible to sing or dance along to. This is one of my favorite albums.
This album is overlong and ridiculously top-heavy -- the memorable, fantastic songs here are the first four. "One
More Time" is a really fun song and leads nicely into "Aerodynamic." "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster,
Stronger" are so well-made and always make me smile. Then, "Nightvision," "High Life," and "Voyager" attempt to
keep things interesting, but it just gets pretty forgettable afterward. It's good, but it could be a lot more concise.
Some grit, some hope, and a lot of joy make up this album. It teaches and it entertains; it's still a masterpiece, decades later.
Fall Be Kind
This is a really solid EP. "Bleed" pretty much goes in one ear and out the other, and "I Think I Can" takes a while to get anywhere (albeit with a rather satisfying result). But it's well-paced and pretty catchy, and "What Would I Want? Sky" is basically a masterpiece.
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
As a whole, this isn't anything special or groundbreaking; many of the songs don't hook me in, or are particularly original. The gold on this album is in the obvious singles "Vertigo" and "City of Blinding Lights," which are incredibly infectious and joyful.
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