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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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 bySilverDCTU April 9, 2008

Great Band for Ages 15+

Death Cab for Cutie; don't let the name fool you. This isn't another angry band, or another angry rapper. Their music is really just poetry put to ta... Continue reading
Adult Written byRammo January 16, 2011

Amazing work. Hard to fault.

Exceptional album; I don't really think that it should be restricted to any age, as the melodies and songcraft is universally fantastic. I do think, howeve... 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
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


This album is beautiful, and unlike anything else out there. So many bands these days all sound the same. This is an absolutley amazing album.

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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