Artist: Death Cab For Cutie
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery and making it beautiful again, embracing its brokenness and repair as a part of the history of the object. So as the album title, Kintsugi, suggests, the latest release from Death Cab For Cutie takes a turn from their usual message of self-discovery and dives into the process and value of self-repair.
Throughout the album you hear guitar tones that are reminiscent of both 80s and 90s rock, mixed with just the right amount of ambiance, all while never questioning why this group of songs are being released in the 21st century. The beautiful simplicity of the music in each song is perfectly balanced by the richness of each lyric.
Through their latest album, you really seem to receive the full spectrum of life’s ups and downs. From songs like “No Room In Frame,” which tells the story of a break up, to songs like “Ingenue”, in which front-man Ben Gibbard thoughtfully shares lessons learned and encourages the listener to take what you can from this life and live it to the fullest.
I personally have been able to find something of value in each song on this 11-track album. Aside from the songs listed above, some of my personal favorites include tracks like “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” and “Everything’s A Ceiling.” If I were you, I might just give this a listen, but if you were me, you’d definitely BUY this album.