Plans (album) by Death Cab For Cutie

Plans
Plans by Death Cab For Cutie
Year: 2005
Release date: 2005-08-29
Overall rank: 541st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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76/100 (from 451 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2005 (10th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (95th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (541st)
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Death Cab For Cutie bestography

Plans is ranked 2nd 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 354 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,586.

Death Cab For Cutie album bestography « Higher ranked (354th) This album (541st) Lower ranked (1,387th) »
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45/100
From 02/28/2019 21:17
I'm not sure why, but I just find this kind of music incredibly depressing and sad. Not in a good 'I will learn something from this sadness way', it just sounds like music they play when someone dies on a TV show to me. Not all songs on this album are like that, but a lot of them are.
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95/100
From 09/11/2018 13:45
Best album by DCFC. 9+/10.
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90/100
From 08/04/2018 17:48
This album contains a lot of my favorite DCFC songs:
Marching Bands Of Manhattan
Soul Meets Body
Summer Skin
Different Names For The Same Thing
What Sarah Said
Brothers On A Hotel Bed

All those hits force me to rate this album high. However, I don't think it is their more cohesive album. Narrow Stairs and The Photo Album sound more like great albums to me, even though they might have a few less hit songs. Plans is great because many songs in it are great, as those other two are just great albums because of how you can listen to them as a whole and feel a sense of continuity and greatness.

That being said, I love Plans and "What Sarah Said" has to be one of the most touching song I ever heard, I can hardly listen to this song without crying even after all those listens.
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75/100
From 04/07/2018 07:34
I do like me a nice slice of Indy Pop yet somehow the D.C.F.C catalogue had completely passed me by ...until now

'Plans' is the rather excellent major label debut for the band and bursts with sparkling melodies and infectious hooks from beginning to end

The absolute high point for me was "Crooked Teeth" , followed by the other 2 album singles "Soul Meets Body" and "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"

I'm so glad I've connected with D.C.F.C and 'Plans' , I'll definitely be digging deep into their remaining albums

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From 08/23/2017 16:31
I wish I could give this album a perfect score but the three duds on it (Different Names For The Same Thing, Someday You Will Be Loved, and Stable Song) prevent me from doing so. All the other songs are wonderful. But it's particularly hard for me not to skip the three I have mentioned whereas Transatlanticism arguably has no duds. Overall, the album is still amazing and is definitely worth your time. Especially good album for late summer early fall. Highlights: Marching Bands of Manhattan, Soul Meets Body, I Will Follow You Into The Dark and Crooked Teeth. I feel awful not mentioning many other songs.
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90/100
From 05/04/2016 15:53
Death Cab's appeal is not universal because at their core they are a soft alternative emo band that lives unabashedly on the emotion of bittersweet.

For the people that can plug into this emotional vulnerability, Plans is a real treat.

Death Cab's 2nd best album doesn't reach Transatlanticism because of it's duds.

Stable and Someday You Will be Loved are throwaways.

I really like What Sarah Said but I can see why it lacks appeal; it is repetitive and takes far too long to find out what sarah said. Ditto for Brothers on a Hotel Bed.

It's track 1-5 run is excellent and repeat listens add to it's appeal.

Plans and Transatlanticism before are it are the height of Death Cab popularity and excellence.
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From 02/25/2016 18:28
Overall this is a good soft alternative rock album...an easy and pleasant listening.

Favorite tracks: Soul Meets Body (85/100), I Will Follow You Into The Dark (90) ... Concensus on BEA here!

Less favorite tracks: Someday You Will Be Loved (75), What Sarah Said (70), Stable Song (70)
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100/100
From 01/15/2016 19:04
The most accessible and well-constructed Death Cab album, chock full of beauty and timeless songs.
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75/100
From 02/26/2015 23:32
I think the singles from this album are among Death Cab's best, but many of the tracks are forgettable. It's a decent album that struggles living up to its predecessor.
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From 02/05/2015 03:40
While I may have spent lots of time in middle school listening to albums by Pink Floyd, Green Day, Weezer, The Beatles, Radiohead, Gorillaz, and even Fall Out Boy, Plans is the album that got me into music. It made me want to listen to other things, and to really expand my palette. This is easily one of the most important albums I've ever come across. Even then, it's still a solidly written and produced masterwork.
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