5 Existing DCFC fans may take time to adjust. Another success.Cybrate | 09/05/2008 | See all Cybrate's reviews (1)For those Death Cab fans who adore 'Transatlanticism' and 'Plans' but were never into the 'early stuff', you may be disappointed at first with this album. There is certainly nowhere near as much of the cab's trademark epic, melancholy odyssey sections as there is the dark and driven hypnosis of their earlier material (with some exception, most notably the single).Flavours of 'We have the facts and we're voting yes' have made a dramatic return in the form of bass and drum driven rock songs, a pleasing contrast to the piano based ballads of 'plans'.Lyrics are just as wonderfully crafted as ever and this time have taken a simpler form. Some of the metaphor has been substituted with pure heart which, while at first may seem less impressive, is actually one of the reasons why this album is so clever. 'Grapevine Fires' is an extremely touching tribute of the California Fires of 2007. Arnie should be proud! Also featuring a clever reference to a classic Death Cab moment with the line 'We bought some wine and a paper cup'.There is nothing contrived or trite about this album in the slightest. There seem to be literally no efforts to 'please' and simply a desire to create. Death Cab for Cutie continue to affect me in a way that no other music ever has. I make no exaggeration in stating that this band have probably saved my life.Thank you.