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Asphalt Meadows

Death Cab For Cutie

Asphalt Meadows

Tenth album from Ben Gibbard's indie rock group produced by John Congleton

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  1. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    An undeniable triumph, Asphalt Meadows is likely to gain the group new listeners, as well as thrill old fans
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Kicking off their third decade post-Barsuk, Death Cab continue their evolution in fascinating and rewarding ways, somehow managing to surprise with fresh directions and sounds yet unheard from this ever-reliable crew
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  3. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Much like Arcade Fire, they have long been a band that seems to understand or grapple with our modern times and who people run to, to either mirror their complex feelings or to get some sense of what we should be feeling at all. And Ben Gibbard and company do not disappoint on this record, with its depth and relatability
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  4. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Death Cab are back with a bang
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Death Cab for Cutie show their place in the indie rock pantheon on Asphalt Meadows while also producing music deserving of consideration with some of their best early work
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While it may not be on the same level as their highest highs, it's reassuring to see a band get as close as they have to revisiting their peak so late in their career
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  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    A record that finds its voice in emerging into musical freedoms found in separation
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The Washington quintet’s tenth album is a reflective collation of calmness and chaos in an ever-changing world
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    10 albums and 25 years into their career, the Washington indie veterans come back mature and assured but loaded with that early melodic magic
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The stories collected on Death Cab For Cutie's tenth album are rich in both detail and substance, with solidary lines that can unravel you. Print edition only

  11. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    The Seattle band’s 10th record borrows from the whole gamut of their oeuvre
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  12. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    At last, the band’s 10th album restores their creative momentum. If the songs don’t feel as lived-in, at least they unlock the repressed memory of what it was like to be deeply moved by Death Cab for Cutie
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  13. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Asphalt Meadows not only lives up to but truly, actually fulfils the promise of Death Cab for Cutie – of music not always new, or unique, or 'experimental', but always, always genuine, and always, always packed with emotion
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  14. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    On their 10th album there’s something about Ben Gibbard’s plaintive vocals, combined with his band’s ability to create a dreamy melody, which can transport you back in time
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  15. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Gibbard's freighted eloquence gives Asphalt Meadows its unsettling immediacy. Print edition only

  16. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Swim against the tide of received wisdom and you will find much to love about Asphalt Meadows, that feels like success to me
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  17. 6.0 |   Dork

    It’s unlikely to win them any new fans but current fans will likely enjoy it nonetheless
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  18. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Ben Gibbard shows off his most evocative writing in years and producer John Congleton yields some experimental home runs, but the band’s 10th record too often falls into old bad habits
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