Label: Atlantic Records
Released: 16th September 2022
Ten albums in from any band and you know roughly what to expect – it’s not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. Death Cab for Cutie’s new album ‘Asphalt Meadows’ is proof of that.
Ben Gibbard’s lyricism and songwriting is as strong as ever with the imagery in his words ever evident on single ‘Roman Candles’, the title-track ‘Asphalt Meadows’, and the wonderfully titled ‘Fragments From The Decade’.
It’s a serviceable record for a band well past their heyday, with a small number of highlights that will undoubtedly make it into a live show. It’s unlikely to win them any new fans but current fans will likely enjoy it nonetheless.
It’s not quite as good as their last album ‘Thank You For Today’ but let’s face it, it’s still just about worth a listen especially if you like the worlds Gibbard weaves with his words.