Death Cab for Cutie – Thank You For Today

Let me just say that this album was good from start to finish. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleased and pleasantly surprised. Benjamin Gibbard is an American singer, songwriter, and gifted guitarist. And his voice had me stunned in a good way. His voice was so smooth like I was floating calmly on a lazy river. Thank You For Today was his ninth album release. At first, the songs on Thank You For Today sounded kind of the same. After repeated listens, I learned to like most of the songs on this album.

The opener “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” is really unique and hypnotizing. I say this because a lot of DCFC’s opening songs are not tame like this one. For the most part, the openers have a high-energy, pump-up feel to them. “I Dream We Spoke Again” is different in a good way. It’s more relaxing and laid back. It gives a ghost and chill-like aura.

The album is about moving forward, pressing on through dark times, and growing up. Sliding into an older age isn’t easy, but I think this album explains the feelings of the process in particular nicely. The album is mostly about perseverance and the will to never give up. Something I think we can all relate to. This is a good release that’s worth at least one listen.

“When We Drive” for some reason had me totally immersed. Maybe it was because I listened to this song in particular in my quiet room. It felt like I was legitimately in the car, driving aimlessly. It reminded me of when I would randomly pick up my friends after a long day of High School. We’d wander aimlessly on the road, only to end up somewhere vast with endless possibilities. Because of these memories, “When We Drive” is my favorite song on this album. It was simple and reminiscent.

Time, change, and movement are central to defining the album. Death Cab For Cutie says that we should appreciate each day and that it is unique and irreplaceable.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Death Cab For Cutie in a concert.

Hits: “Gold Rush” “Your Hurricane” “When We Drive” “Autumn Love”

Misses: “Near/Far”

Rate: 8

By Tori Wiegers

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