Death Cab for Cutie
The Open Door


3.0
good

Review

by bastard USER (65 Reviews)
March 30th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is pretty good for the most part, but is inconsistent, and frankly, is a throwaway release just for fanboys waiting for the next Death Cab.

I’m trying to write this review, but I can’t think of a god damn thing for the introduction. Nope, nada, not a damn thing, so you know what" I am just going to blabber on until I find something that will introduce me to The Open Door EP, and hey, then I can get this hunk of junk done. Oh wait, this little tidbit just managed to get the album name spat out, so might as well introduce what I know here. Well okay, one tidbit you should know about this EP is that, for one thing, it seems a bit oddly released, like there’s no purpose for its release. It’s not anything new for Death Cab, there’s no change in ideas, they are going in the same syrupy pop direction of the least ambitious songs on Narrow Stairs, which is sometimes a good thing, because at least we are getting really boring songs like “Pity and Fear” and “You Can Do Better Than Me”, but also terri-bad because we are losing songs like the magnificent opener of “Bixby Canyon Bridge” or the purely awesome “I Will Possess Your Heart”.

However, this EP does have its good songs. The opener “Little Bribes” halts back to good old blues and a certain Beatles-esqe bounce. The song thrives on how simple it is, it doesn’t have the driving and thumping bass of most of the songs on recent Death Cab, but the band manages to work without it, making for an smooth, cool indie blues track. Despite this great opening, this little EP is plagued by filler material, in the form of the over-long, unforgettable “A Diamond and a Tether”. The song is a bit country-tinged, which is an interesting combination for Death Cab, but drags and drones on and on to the point of mass skippery. The EP never really recovers from this gigantic blunder, with the two following tracks being generic poppy Death Cab tracks, with absolutely drowning bass lines and semi-pleasant and easy going indie songwriting.

The EP ends off on a high note with “Talking Bird (Demo)”. The track is incredibly straight forward, and better than the original on the album Narrow Stairs. The song is stripped from the grand, waltzing mannerisms of the album version, and instead, relies on simplicity of merely an ukulele and warming vocals of Ben Gibbard. And then that same fluttering ukulele flows seamlessly into silence, where it stops and this tiny, probably useless but none the less enjoyable EP ends. It’s got 2 excellent songs (the opener and the closer), two okay songs (the third and fourth song), and one really boring song (numbero dos). If you’re looking for some Transatlanticism material, then you’ll be incredibly disappointed, as usual. It’s really just as inconsistent as Death Cab’s last two albums have been, and if you like those albums, well, you’ll like this HIGHLY unnecessary EP.



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SeaAnemone
March 30th 2009


21408 Comments


Sweet... had no idea this was out already... I'll probably check it out in the near future

ninjuice
March 30th 2009


6760 Comments


Intro is simultaneously awful and awesome

bastard
March 30th 2009


3432 Comments


i listened to this 10 times at that point and i my brain was about to explode trying to think of an intro so i wrote that.

SeaAnemone
March 30th 2009


21408 Comments


that's just a tid bit homosexual of you

bastard
March 30th 2009


3432 Comments


lol :-)This Message Edited On 03.30.09

BallsToTheWall
March 30th 2009


49576 Comments


I hold the singer of this band in high esteem, not because of his vocals, his band, or even is plump image.

Digging: Jakuzi - Hata Pay?

Athom
Emeritus
March 30th 2009


17240 Comments


mmmm zooey deschanel. anyways, while i havent heard this yet, this is a collection of B-sides from the Narrow Stairs sessions. also, those songs you mentioned as "boring" are pretty damn good.

AtavanHalen
March 31st 2009


17920 Comments


teh fk?
This only came out today.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 31st 2009


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ye but it's been streaming on stereogum (track a week) for the past week.



buying this now.

Knott-
Emeritus
March 31st 2009


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

track a DAY even



and it's a ukelele on Talking Bird by the waaaaaaaayThis Message Edited On 03.31.09

Knott-
Emeritus
March 31st 2009


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review is good, i didn't think i'd agree with the over-long comment on ADAAT but it turns out that I do, it just drags too much. There's just nothing exceptionally special here, most of it is pleasant but that's about as far as it goes. The Talking Bird demo is brill though.

mx
Moderator
April 6th 2009


739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I actually like this a lot -- more than Narrow Stairs

bastard
April 8th 2009


3432 Comments


some songs are, which disappoints me because they should have been on there as opposed to some of the crap songs on Narrow Stairs.

Knott-
Emeritus
April 8th 2009


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

narrow stairs was brill



bixby, possess, no sunlight, you can do better, grapevine, pity/fear, great tracks

bastard
April 8th 2009


3432 Comments


i dislike pity/fear

Donkey
April 16th 2009


152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it was great!

LetoAtreides
April 20th 2010


315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really really good, actually.

Acanthus
September 7th 2010


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"My Mirror Speaks" is a favorite, I normally wouldn't be caught dead listening to anything like this - Death Cab helped open up my musical tastes.



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