Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (4 stars)

Where usually notoriously dour, there’s traces of sunshine here

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Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys

(Atlantic)

There’s a tangible buzz for Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie’s 7th studio album. It seems the cult US indie-ites are teetering on the edge of true mainstream triumph, and having hit No. 1 in their homeland in 2008, the time is nigh for UK prosperity.

They have the components at least – the melodies are ripe, like in the pulsing ‘Some Boys’ for example – and whereas Death Cab are usually notoriously dour, there’s traces of sunshine here, with album closer ‘Stay Young, Go Dancing’ a possible rose-tinted ode to mainman Ben Gibbard’s belle, Zooey Deschanel.

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