Codes And Keys (studio album) by Death Cab For Cutie

Codes And Keys
Codes And Keys by Death Cab For Cutie
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-05-31
Overall rank: 5,353rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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69/100 (from 159 votes)
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Award Top albums of 2011 (144th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (1,048th)
Award Best albums of all time (5,353rd)
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Death Cab For Cutie bestography

Codes And Keys is ranked 6th best out of 14 albums by Death Cab For Cutie on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Death Cab For Cutie is Transatlanticism which is ranked number 353 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,615.

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From 05/04/2016 17:09
Boy this is bland mid tempo adult contemporary.

Highlights are Doors Unlocked and Open and You are a Tourist.

St. Peter's cathedral increasingly grows in intensity interestingly enough. Although repeatedly smacking me in the face with your personal belief that there is nothing past this life is preachy. How the hell does Ben Gibbard know any better than the rest of us?

The rest of these songs are delivered in a mix of nursery rhyme and riddles that are uninteresting and less melodic than previous efforts.

I guess a lot of it is electronic music. I don't mind the shift from guitar to this but the execution is blah.

Some Boys sing annoying. Like Ben Gibbard in this song.

The beginning of the album is unmemorable. It doesn't gain a pulse until the fourth song.

Then the lyrics get contradictory. Your A Tourist encourages you to leave home and experience new things. Songs that follow are self critiques on Gibbard's inability to stay put anywhere. So which one is it Ben?

This album is better than Death Cab's first 2 albums but that is it. It's a bit below average with 2 really good songs only.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 01/15/2016 18:50
About 5 of the songs on this album are among the best Death Cab ever did.
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90/100
From 09/13/2015 03:22
It may not be Death Cab's best, but I really can't comprehend all the hate it gets from many Death Cab fans. It's really quite stellar.
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From 02/06/2015 07:11
I wonder what he's trying to unlock. Because I still haven't found the safe. I can dig it.
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Rating:  
70/100
From 01/31/2015 12:38
Un superbe album , dans la lignée de Plans
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100/100
From 01/14/2015 03:05
K, I adore this album. It is musical heaven. I think of it as Death Cab for Cutie's masterpiece. The funny thing is that literally NO ONE ELSE even likes this album very much. I've heard it called generic, boring, and not artistic on many occasions. But these accusations are simply not true.

The album begins with "Home is a Fire," a perfect introduction to a perfect album. Its peaceful but compelling beauty seamlessly eases you into the experience. "Codes and Keys" is next, a solid track stylistically similar to Death Cab's earlier work.

Then comes "Some Boys." This song makes me want to cry. It is so raw and gorgeous. Every time this song begins, I get an unreasonable rush of euphoria. And directly following is "Doors Unlocked and Open." This masterpiece is probably the best song on the album. It makes my very frame permeate with intense emotion. And the way it flows into "You are a Tourist," one of the greatest rock anthems ever, is sublime.

"Unobstructed Views" serves as a peaceful transition to the second half of the album, where we encounter "Monday Morning" and "Portable Television." These songs are just plain awesome. And the latter serves as a profound and early semi-climax to the album.

"Underneath the Sycamore" and "St. Peter's Cathedral" are two very beautiful tracks. Though the former is kind of a generic Death Cab song stylistically similar to music from Plans, these two both expand the album's transcendental feel before leading into "Stay Young, Go Dancing."

So you remember when I said "Doors Unlocked and Open" was the best track on the album? I think I lied. "Stay Young, Go Dancing" is so pathetically beautiful that it really deserves that distinction. It is the album's wonderful and bold final denouement.
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80/100
From 09/01/2014 01:00
Although this is not even close to their best, I do not think the rating is giving it justice.

Favorite tracks: You Are a Tourist, Portable Television
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90/100
From 03/20/2014 18:36
I loved this album when it came out, stopped liking it as much for a while, but have come back up on it. This is really underrated. That isn't to say this is some perfect record. In some ways, it actually is. There's really not anything bad to say about this album, other than it doesn't take many risks. Also, the songwriting, and Ben Gibbard's lyrics, are not as great as primo-Death Cab. That being said, none of these songs are bad. They range from good ("Some Boys", "You Are a Tourist", "Codes and Keys", "Home is a Fire") to great ("Stay Young, Go Dancing", "Monday Morning", "Unobstructed Views", "Portable Television") to some of Death Cab's finest ("Doors Unlocked and Opened", "Underneath the Sycamore", "St. Peter's Cathedral").
Really, it's so good, and these songs are so friendly and full of optimism. Gaaahhh!!! So good.
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80/100
From 09/17/2012 02:45
I agree, ProfessorSquid - this is a good album. When I saw them play earlier this year I actually wished they played more songs from the album as they only did 3 songs (Codes and Keys, Doors Unlocked And Open, and You Are A Tourist)
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From 07/07/2012 07:22
Am I some kind of a hack? I'm confident this is better than others are giving it credit for.
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