ALBUM REVIEW               :           KINTSUGI

ARTIST                                  :           DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

GENRE                                  :           ROCK

DATE RELEASED               :           2015


Here is another record that caught me by surprise.  I thought that this is a noisy album as this is my first time to listen to this band.  With the word death included as the band’s name, surely you expect metal or loud rock in this record.  The first song alone made me took notice and created some high expectations for this album. I don’t know what came into my mind but “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” is the song that I easily associated with this song.  Probably, it is due to the soothing sound that the vocalist delivers in this song.

“Black Sun” is another good song here and it feels like it combined the intelligence of U2 and REM when it comes to creating beautiful songs with thought provoking lyrics.  “The Ghost of Beverly Drive” encouraged me again to think out of the box and I concluded that this is how The Beatles sound if they started out in this period or if the band is still active like The Rolling Stones.  In “My Little Wanderer,” the band has a song about long distance love affair without being mushy and trite.  The song is just simply asking when the girl will be back into his arms.

I’d like to believe that the song “You’ve Haunted Me All My Life” was all about teenage fantasy of making out to an older woman; you know the Mrs. Robinson thing.  The song is complemented with haunting guitar solo.  “Hold No Guns” felt like it was created on a psychiatrist couch.  It is quite confessional.  “Everything’s A Calling” finally revealed what happened to the long distance love affair in “My Little Wanderer.” It finally ended as the girl is digging someone new.

“Good Help (Is So Hard To Find) is a song that preaches about fake friends but it sounds not preachy at all. The song is also complemented with good musical background thus, the preachy lyrics felt like it is just a conversation.  This is probably the best song in this record.  “El Dorado” might be a song about someone you loved dearly and finding out that the relationship is not what it seems to be.  You let the person go and understand the whole thing; yes, this is “if you love somebody, set it free” Death Cab for Cutie version.

“Ingenue” has one of the wittiest description about a woman growing old

“When age’s glacial pace

Cuts valley’s into your face”

“And “Binary Sea” has lyrics that captured how unjust social media network is

“You took photos capturing his defeat
And messaged them to all your friends
And we all laughed at his expense”

It is indeed quite a rare opportunity to find an album where almost all songs are good with that I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.
Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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