The Open Door EPby Death Cab for Cutie
Arriving one year after the release of Narrow Stairs, the five-song Open Door EP pairs four abandoned tracks from the Narrow Stairs sessions with a ukulele-helmed demo of "Talking Bird." Although it's certainly a stopgap recording -- released just before the bandmates' final tour in support of Narrow Stairs, and intended to maintain their popularity throughout the subsequent retreat to the recording studio -- Open Door is also a strong display of Death Cab's literate, poetry-major pop, with fast tempos and bright melodies that sometimes contrast Narrow Stairs' autumnal moments. These once-discarded tracks don't sound any less tuneful than the band's recent output; "Little Bribes," in particular, could have bumped a lesser song off of the Narrow Stairs track list with its power pop bounce, while "My Mirror Speaks" wields a winsomely ascending chorus that finds Ben Gibbard reaching into his falsetto. Such tunes may not have suited the bittersweet beauty of Stairs, but they're quite good in their own right, making The Open Door EP something more than a fans-only release. The only arguable misstep is the demo version of "Talking Bird" (the only song to appear on Narrow Stairs, albeit in different form), whose bare-boned arrangement lacks the shifting dynamics of Death Cab's best material.
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Performance CreditsDeath Cab for Cutie Primary Artist
Chris Walla Group Member
Ben Gibbard Group Member
Nick Harmer Group Member
Jason McGerr Group Member
Technical CreditsChris Walla Producer,Engineer
Ben Gibbard Composer,Producer,Engineer
Will Markwell Engineer
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Death Cab For Cutie is one of my favorite bands and this EP is amazing. I have yet to grow tired of it and I love it more every time I listen to it. Everyone should buy this, especially if you're a Death Cab fan because I'm sure you'll love it like me.
I am almost ashamed to admit that my first exposure to this band was "Meet Me on the Equinox" on the NEW MOON soundtrack. It made me venture into some of their material, and I have NOT been disappointed! "Equinox" was so appropriate to the film for which it was written. LOVE THIS BAND. Have three CDs, plan on buying more. This EP my fave so far.