You can count me in on anything Death Cab for Cutie releases. I always felt like I was a bigger fan of Kintsugi than some of my friends and I was perfectly fine with that. I loved the sound of that album and I greatly enjoy the sound of Thank You for Today.
Consistency without growing stale is something I admire in bands. Being consistent doesn’t mean that everything you release has to sound the same. Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands that remains consistent. Sure, they’ve had their ups and downs, but it’s quite rare that you find a band with a lengthy career that hasn’t hit some bumps along the way.
“Gold Rush” is a song that wants things to stay the same. It isn’t quite to the level of pleading with someone to stay the same, but it’s a pleasant nudge as the song cycles through how some things used to be. Change is something that takes getting used to and it’s understandable to want certain things to stay the same.
While my moving away from home wasn’t quite as dramatic as “You Moved Away,” it’s something I can relate to. I might be back home now, but moving away for college was something full of unknowns. This song takes a look at what people think after you move away and it’s been something that I’ve wondered at times without ever really getting an answer to.
Death Cab for Cutie are still a joy to listen to and I imagine I’ll be spinning this record even more come the fall season. It’s a soothing listen and “Autumn Love” is an appropriate song for the season (as are the rest). Even if you weren’t totally sure about this album when you first heard the singles, I say give it a listen. And if you’re someone who didn’t listen to the singles or haven’t listened to the band, then definitely listen to this album all the way through.