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Thank You for Today

Death Cab For Cutie

Thank You for Today

Ninth album from Ben Gibbard's indie rock group produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Biffy Clyro, Sigur Rós)

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  1. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Another fine stop in Death Cab’s ongoing evolution
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A benchmark DCFC record and, barring a surprise drop from The National, the most immersive alt-rock album you’ll hear all year
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  3. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    You have Gibbard’s forlorn yet criticising voice, the personal yet accessible lyrics, the melodic yet clashing guitars, which all create an incredibly atmospheric record, brimming with nostalgia, defeat – and hope
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    The stirring opening of a new chapter in this band’s already storied history
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Beautifully low-key, gently life-affirming. Print edition only

  6. 7.0 |   Punk News

    Hopefully, there's more energy moving forward but all in all, Thank You for Today is a record we should be thankful has blossomed into existence, especially on the heels of how relatable it can be
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  7. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Thank You for Today spotlights why Death Cab for Cutie remain atop the pop-rock game (even if they've become too predictable and innocuous to ever outdo themselves again)
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Finds the Death Cab for Cutie of 2018 taking stock of their band, choosing to forge ahead by using the foundation of their back catalogue to harness their core identity and build upon it. The band's shared vision is clear, encapsulated in this collection of songs
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  9. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Gibbard successfully tries out some new sounds
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Death Cab For Cutie aren’t changing any time soon, and Thank You For Today is another reliable if unsurprising missive from a band who seem to be settling into middle age comfortably
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    An album where the melancholy is bittersweet, not all-consuming, which means Thank You for Today is softly reassuring even when its intent is lightly barbed
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  12. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    It’s another solid Death Cab For Cutie album, but it lacks vitality
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  13. 6.5 |   The 405

    Uninspired but competent and honest, a laudable addendum to an unquantifiably meaningful legacy
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  14. 6.3 |   Earbuddy

    Honestly, they only need a few good songs on this album to accomplish its ultimate purpose: add a few new songs to their setlists
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  15. 6.0 |   NME

    Following the divorce-like departure of founding member Chris Walla, Death Cab fans get a new stepdad in his replacement, the Oregon songwriter Dave Depper. The result is perhaps a little too harmonious
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  16. 6.0 |   Clash

    Straddles a ground somewhere between the slick approach of later Death Cab and the type of embrace of synths and electronics championed by Gibbard’s other band The Postal Service
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  17. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    Their strongest album of the 2010s, a dubious achievement that nonetheless deserves recognition for its rare moments of shining, indie-pop songwriting
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    These songs are solid. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The Music

    A solid standalone album that boasts a few strong, standout tracks, but in comparison to the magic of their early-mid-'00s releases, it comes across a little lacklustre
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  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s unlikely to convert non-believers to Gibbard’s often dispirited style, but there is a comfort in the dependability of Death Cab for Cutie, even after nine albums
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  21. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Nine albums in, Death Cab for Cutie are just about holding it together, but you have to wonder if the title ‘Thank You For Today’ belies nothing more than a grateful acknowledgement of continued existence
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  22. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Pleasure writes fewer good songs – and sadly, in this case, complacency writes barely any good ones at all
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  23. 4.5 |   Under The Radar

    For the second record in a row, Death Cab for Cutie are treading water, splashing about in the faded sound of glories past. Someone throw them a life preserver before it's too late
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  24. 4.2 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Lofty goals and modest results
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