Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Indie rockers with impassioned music and lyrics.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Setting a mildly positive example as sensitive guys.


Just a touch of poetic death/violent imagery.


Nothing explicit.


Nothing offensive.


Resolutely not commercial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album includes a touch of disturbing imagery, but it's pretty darn poetic as that sort of thing goes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLeKrispyKreme October 6, 2018

Great Album With Emotionally Driven Lyrics

With the Likes of Snow Patrol, The Postal Service, and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, this band from Seattle, Wa writes songs about love, heartache and everyday life i... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 18+-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo January 28, 2011

Great indie rock for kids and teens.

Wonderful album. Great songwriting and craft. Lyrically on the moody side with some (very poetic) violent images, but setting a positive example. I recommend th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byFullCollapse April 9, 2008

Perfect Indie Rock

It's great to hear that people are starting to finally appreciate Death Cab For Cutie. They've been around for ages! If you become a fan of this... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogMediaLover April 13, 2014

Teens Have A New friend

This is Ben Gibbard at his best, which is saying alot as this guy was in The Postal Service, and has released over 10 great albums in the past decade or so. It... Continue reading

What's the story?

Indie-rock sweethearts Death Cab for Cutie have made the jump from tiny local label to the major league (Atlantic/WEA) with their band persona intact. A little slicker, softer, and heavy on the ballads, PLANS delivers the interesting, experimental songs and arrangements that fans have come to expect.

Is it any good?

Heavy on tasteful acoustic guitar tracks and impassioned folk-rock-influenced vocals, the songs are dreamy and literate; the production is carefully restrained. Ben Gibbard's emotional vocals are the glue that holds the album together, along with some nicely tasteful acoustic guitar tracks. Some songs are more successful than others, but their signature sound – melancholy and smooth, laid-back yet intense – remains intact, and interesting.

Occasional depression-fueled lyrics are presented with poetic subtlety that defuses the words ("In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule/I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black" in "I Will Follow You into the Dark" or "love is watching someone die" in "What Sarah Said," for example). A great CD for aspiring young musicians, this is a perfect soundtrack for journal-writing and first-love longings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the complications and intensity of youthful romance.

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