Indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie deliver once again with Kintsugi
Veteran indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie delivers once again. “Kintsugi,” the eighth album from the Bellingham, Washington band is a solid addition to an already strong discography. Filled with warm tones and powerful lyrics, “Kintsugi” is good relaxing record after a long, stressful day of class or work.
The album packs a punch at the start with the mellow “No Room in Frame,” followed by the album’s lead single, “Black Sun,” which incorporates interesting guitar effects. The feel of the music is consistent with the openrs until “Ghosts of Beverly Drive,” an upbeat rocking track that could spark a few dance moves.
The next three songs showcase a softer side of the band, featuring an unplugged acoustic and a quieter sound focused on vocals and lyrics. A synthy tune begins the climb out of the dark middle portion of the album with drums and electric guitars returning in full force by track 7, “Good Help is Hard to Find.” “El Dorado” brings the album to one last climactic peak before again slowing down with a heartfelt ballad to close out the record.
This is Death Cab For Cutie’s final album with founding guitarist and songwriter Chris Walla, who announced during production that he would be leaving the band. He did, however, vowed to finish recording “Kintsugi.”
Overall, I enjoyed this album. It had enough variety between faster and slower songs to sustain interest all the way through. Although the middle section had some duds, they were sandwiched between quality cuts at the beginning and end. This album is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a relaxing, mellow record, “Kintsugi” will certainly suffice.