Label: Barsuk Records
Death Cab have done some great work on their major-label albums, but it was their swan song for indie Barsuk where the band best balanced indie rock heart-on-sleeve earnestness with unmistakably precise songcraft. "Transatlanticism" is one long epic crescendo, a song about oceans that doubles as a wave you never want to break. "Lightness" is gorgeous in its concision, and "A Lack of Color" may be one of the saddest songs ever, no joke. The only way to improve this album would be to sell it with a box of Kleenex.