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Transatlanticism (album) by Death Cab For Cutie

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Transatlanticism
Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie (2003)
Overall rank: 334th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 598 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 2003 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (63rd)
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Death Cab For Cutie bestography

Transatlanticism is ranked as the best album by Death Cab For Cutie.

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 598 votes)
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100/100
This was an insanely cool listening experience for me, after my first listen i was just kinda like "yeah that was pretty good" but I didn't think I'd listen to it much again. Then Death of an Interior Decorator came on in my shuffle, it was like I'd known the song my whole life, the melody was instantly recocnizable and I started humming along. So I gave the rest of the album another listen and had almost the exact same experience with every other song, there was a sense of nostalgia that accompanies the melody and spectacular lyrics, give this album a listen for sure.
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85/100
It contains my 2 favorite DCFC songs (Transatlanticism and A Lack of Color), but as an album it doesn't work at all for me. Worse than all their previous efforts, 7/10.
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100/100
This album is emotionally intense. I mean i thought this album was great, and then I listened to it after getting out of a long distance relationship and it struck me like a ten ton truck. Ben Gibbard's lyrics are poetic, poignant, and extremely relateable. His voice also pairs with the music as well, with a very soft tone to it. I love this album to death and will update my chart soon enough to add it in
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90/100
From JulianR
Such a great album, and one that I always forget how much I love until I come back to it. Every song is a keeper, but that trio of Tiny Vessels to Transatlanticism to Passenger Seat is one of the greatest three song runs to exist on any album.

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It is easily Death Cab's best album (ok maybe not easily because Plans does give it a run for its money) but I find some songs that get much praised overrated. I do not, BY ANY MEANS, dislike The New Year, Transatlanticism or We Looked Like Giants but I feel there are other moments on the album worthy of the praise that these songs get. I think I only mention Transatlanticism because it's often considered Death Cab For Cutie's greatest song and I just would rather see something else receive that consensus. Highlights for me: The Sound of Settling, Title and Registration, A Lack Of Color and Passenger Seat... ok everything is a highlight to be honest. You can't skip anything. You just can't...
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90/100
I agree with some of the stuff below, less honed but more vulnerable than Plans. While I like certain songs from Plans better than anything on here, this works better as a whole
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70/100
The lyrics/vocals just have no interest for me... I usually don't even notice lyrics, but some of these are just terrible. I feel the music is great, but the vocals just don't do anything for me for some reason.
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95/100
You have to be a bit of a sense-ee to love this as it is touching soft emo rock at its core.

Its excellent musicianship and writing with vulnerability all over it.

Transatlanticism has a great way of tying a seemingly small object or event in someones life to a great emotional attachment to another person. Which is something we do in real life all the time.

Sound of Settling and Death of Interior Decorator are only skippable songs here and Sound of Settling is fine enough but basic.

This is Death Cab's best of an excellent 3 album run starting here. Plans (excellent) and Narrow Stairs (good) follow
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100/100
Transatlanticism is Death Cab's best. They were more focused on Plans, but they wear their hearts on their sleeves here.
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80/100
Most of the songs are nice, but it just gets kind of boring. Not much happens here. Even the title track doesn't stand out for me. It's a good album, but it's not memorable.
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