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Something About Airplanes

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The fact that Elsinor and Barsuk, two relatively small labels, conspired to co-release Something About Airplanes should give some indication as to its quality. It's a solid, emotive, and frequently amazing indie rock record that foreshadows Death Cab for Cutie's eventual ascent into the mainstream. Sonically, the band falls somewhere on the dreamier and more pop-oriented end of Built to Spill's sound (particularly on Keep It Like a Secret), alongside the Posies' most pensive tracks, or with Delta Haymax -- that is, dynamic, melodic, and somewhat atmospheric Northwestern rock. What's important, however, is that the composition, arrangement, and perfect vocal harmonies of Something About Airplanes are all hugely effective; the band uses light touches of flute, synth, or cello to add the necessary textures to its well-crafted pop songs, and the result has a consistently impressive and thoroughly engaging quality that rivals Built to Spill's Keep It Like a Secret. Which is quite a complement -- but tracks like "Bend to Squares" and "Pictures in an Exhibition" deserve as much adulation as one can offer. ~ Nitsuh Abebe
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Bend to Squares Death Cab For Cutie 4:32
  3. 2 President of What? Death Cab For Cutie 3:58
  4. 3 Champagne from a Paper Cup Death Cab For Cutie 2:37
  5. 4 Your Bruise Death Cab For Cutie 4:18
  6. 5 Pictures in an Exhibition Death Cab For Cutie 3:48
  7. 6 Sleep Spent Death Cab For Cutie 3:37
  8. 7 The Face That Launched 1000 Shits Death Cab For Cutie 3:40
  9. 8 Amputations Death Cab For Cutie 4:55
  10. 9 Fake Frowns Death Cab For Cutie 4:30
  11. 10 Line of Best Fit Death Cab For Cutie 7:15

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