Well, after Robert’s ringing endorsement I had to hear Plans for myself and… wow. It took me a couple listens to really start to assimilate things, but once it started settle in I was blown away. As good as Death Cab for Cutie’s first single Soul Meets Body is, I think there are at least six or seven songs on the album that I liked better.
As a point of reference, I really, really liked DCFC’s last album, Transatlanticism. But I have to admit that there are a few songs on that album that I regularly skip. It’s not so much that they’re bad songs, it’s just that they don’t really reach me on the same emotional level that the rest of the songs do. And in DCFC’s defense when they hit such a home run for me as they did with the album’s title track I can accept a few ground outs. Well, baseball analogies aside, I can honestly say that they’ve taken it to a whole ’nother level and succeeded on every single song on Plans. I’ve been listening to it straight through repeatedly all weekend. Albums this solid just don’t come around very often.