Wednesday, June 1

Album Of Last Month

Death Cab for Cutie 'Codes and Keys' (Atlantic)

For a band to seem relevant seven studio albums in is quite a feat. But then we've been wise to Death Cab for Cutie's adroitness for well over a decade now - and 'Codes and Keys' is the latest example of such. The title track, a bushy-tailed, piano-led sketch nagged any faster could spring from Duran Duran's 'Rio', is one of the finest things these have ever formed. Same more or less goes for the instantly wistful 'Monday Morning' - Ben Gibbard's tone as soothing as ever - and 'Underneath the Sycamore', probably more remedial than an AA meeting. Send these songs out on a sharp new band and they'll tear up the nation. Otherwise, Death Cab's place in history is locked.

Best Track
'Codes and Keys'