Death Cab is back and life is good.
I've been listening to Narrow Stairs non-stop for about two days now. While I don't think it is as good as Plans, it doesn't disappoint. As always, Ben Gibbard's poetry and brilliant understanding of human doubts, hopes, fears, and regrets carries the album.
While I felt Plans was about death and the fear of dying, Narrow Stairs seems more about relationships and the fear of being alone. The best lines in the album are in "Your New Twin Sized Bed," in which Gibbard writes, "You look so defeated lying there in your new twin sized bed/ With a single pillow underneath your single head/ I guess you decided that that old queen was more space than you would need/ And now it's in the alley behind your apartment with a sign that says, 'Free.'" Ughhhh.
Narrow Stairs lacks a catchy tune like "Soul Meets Body" or "Crooked Teeth," but there is definitely some good stuff on it comparable to "I Will Follow You into the Dark," "Title and Registration," and "The Sound of Settling." Thoughts on Death Cab or the album?
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