Reviewed by: Lauren Rosier
In their 17-year career, indie rock band, Death Cab For Cutie, have released seven full-length LP’s with their eighth, titled Kintsugi, out today. It has been four years since the band’s last record, Codes and Keys, was released in 2011. With that said, anyone who follows the band closely is aware of the recent public split lead vocalist Ben Gibbard had with actress Zooey Deschanel. To add to that, long time guitarist Chris Walla recently called it quits and played his last live show with the band in September 2014.
Kintsugi is clearly a breakup record about Gibbard’s two-year marriage and recent split with now former spouse, Deschanel. The LP opens with the track “No Room In Frame” where Gibbard sings about his frustrations of Hollywood that he never cared to embrace: ‘Was I in your way / When the cameras turned to face you? / No room in frame / For two…’
Along with Gibbard’s split from Deschanel, The departure of Walla was kind of bittersweet because of kind of partly being halfway out the door already while still in the band. It is a much simpler record with songs like “You’ve Haunted Me All My Life” and “Hold No Guns”.