Codes And Keys CD (2011)

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Product Overview


Label Atlantic/q Records
SKU 221156972
UPC 075678827044
UPC 14 00075678827044
Format CD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Author Death Cab For Cutie
Technical Info
Engineer Beau Sorenson
Producer Chris Walla
CatalogID 7567882704
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 05/30/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 4s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678827044
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder.
Recording information: Avast Recording, Seattle, WA; Bridge Street Recorders, North Hollywood, CA; Jackpot! Recording, Portland, OR; London Bridge, Seattle, WA; Sound City, Van Nuys, CA; The Warehouse, Vancouver, BC; Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA; Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA.
Photographers: Nicholas Harmer; Storey Elementary.
Released after a three-year lull -- the longest studio hiatus in Death Cab history -- Codes and Keys follows 2008's Narrow Stairs with a batch of pop songs that relies less on the guitar and more on atmospheric, melodic textures.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese are resplendent songs, the sound of a sad-sack acquiescing that life might be pretty awesome after all."
Spin (p.98) - "Gibbard mostly dispenses with his trademark jitters, leaning into Death Cab's tuneful guitar-band thrum with a confidence that eventually sells CODES AND KEYS' moments of eager-beaver optimism."
Entertainment Weekly (p.111) - "The album's centerpiece, the breathtaking 'St. Peter's Cathedral, 'builds gradually on an echoing Eno-esque guitar and great waves of organ buzz..."
Alternative Press (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his quietly experimental album ends up being Death Cab For Cutie's great leap forward -- an achievement of pop formalism wrapped inside a beautiful cacophony."
CMJ - "This is Ben Gibbard's album....A neat production trick for CODES AND KEYS is employed on his voice -- it is moved back and forth in the mix repeatedly, creating a filter-like effect that combines with some of the best lyrics the band has written."
Billboard (p.52) - "[T]he subtle experimentation within the set provides a welcome new flavor....The standout cut 'Some Boys' manages to emit a darker, eerie vibe without any maudlin emo."
Paste (magazine) - "Throughout the back half of the album their trademark emotion, omnipresent throughout their oeuvre, seems self-assured, backed by a fuller and more confident sound."
Disc 1
1 Home is a Fire
2 Codes and Keys
3 Some Boys
4 Doors Unlocked and Open
5 You Are a Tourist
6 Unobstructed Views
7 Monday Morning
8 Portable Television
9 Underneath the Sycamore
10 St. Peter's Cathedral
11 Stay Young, Go Dancing
Product Attributes
Artist Death Cab For Cutie
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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