Death Cab For Cutie – “Soul Meets Body” 7”
Acquired: Half Price Books, Used, 2012
I’ve got a special place in my heart for Death Cab For Cutie’s major label debut. Though Plans was nowhere near as cohesive as Transatlanticism, which is now proving to be the bands high watermark, Plans had a lot more joy in it. And a way better lead single (does everyone hate “The Sound of Settling” as much as me or is that just me?). “Soul Meets Body” isn’t a great song either, it’s just that much better than the goddamn “Sound of Settling.” I feel like there was a big inside joke amongst my small group of friends where we would just launch into that Bah BAH bit from the chorus and all cringe. “Soul Meets Body” is only way better by comparison. “Crooked Teeth” and “Marching Bands of Manhattan” are both little masterieces and “I Will Follow You into the Dark,” despite all its sentimentalism and present and future relegation to high school mixtapes (What do the kids do now when they like each other? Spotify playlists?), is still a totally fucking beautiful song. “Soul Meets Body” is safe. It is the easiest distillation of the bands talents into one, massively appealing and bland nugget for the buying public. There’s nothing really nothing about it other than the fact that it’s wholly inoffensive and perfectly boring. The b-side, “Jealousy Rides With Me,” is another snoozy track that ambles through it’s nice melody and arrangement with absolutely no stakes. It’s bizarre to realize that Death Cab For Cutie has been Popular for ten years, and that Plans is eight years old. It’s also bizarre to realize how little my opinion has changed about this band, this album and this song.
"Soul Meets Body"
"Jealousy Rides With Me"