Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism [10th Anniversary Edition 2LP]
For all its ubiquity and imitators, Transatlanticism holds up as an exquisitely produced, largely flawless record in which every song is bound to serve as someone's favorite." — NPR
Death Cab for Cuties classic album Transatlanticism, reissued for its 10th anniversary after being out of print for years. Four sides of high-quality 180-gram vinyl in a nice gatefold sleeve, with a 12-page full-color booklet. Comes with download of the album plus the newly-released original demos, many of which are drastically different from the final versions.
Says NPR: "These demos form fascinating sketches of a great album in progress. Some, like 'The New Year' and 'We Looked Like Giants,' are overwhelmed by a ticky-tack drum machine. The title song, which in its final form blooms into a wonderous slow-motion cataclysm over the course of nearly eight minutes, here peters out in six, with the album's most important line — "I need you so much closer" — rendered flat, repetitive and uneventful. 'The Sound of Settling,' so zippy on the record, is slowed to a crawl. It's fascinating to take these songs apart in an effort to determine which ideas and production decisions had already formed, just as it is to hear the occasional song ('Passenger Seat,' for example) that got left almost entirely as is."