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Death Cab for Cutie — Unobstructed Views
Album: Codes and Keys
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 2192









Released: 2011
Length: 6:05
Plays (last 30 days): 3
There's no eye in the sky
Just our love
No unobstructed view
No perfect truths
Just our love
Just our love
And there's no verse
No monument of words
For our love
For they can't hold
All I know about my love, about my love

Storm clouds break
Pools remain memories for
Earth embrace
That umbrate up above
They become
New love
New love

There's no eye in the sky
Just our love, just our love
No unobstructed views
No perfect truths
Just our love, just our love
Comments (120)add comment
 GoodKarm wrote:

ditto! {#Dancingbanana}
 

Me three. JINX!! You guy's owe me a beer...
Lovely ebb and flow, slow building to a beautiful, epic climax. A very interesting band.
Well that was weird, in my half awake state, I thought i was hearing david gilmour singing 
A quiet ambiance and the impression of "waiting" something soon, get arrived... A good moment to wish a happy New Year ! Best for 2020, Bill and Rebecca.
et on with it already......while we are still young these guys has issues starting songs in a timely manner........ Why must the start of the song be lyrics??
 GoodKarm wrote:

ditto! {#Dancingbanana}
 
And so did I!!
 jonahboo wrote:
get on with it already......while we are still young

these guys has issues starting songs in a timely manner........
 
It's almost like they do it deliberately or something.
The into is very similar to 'As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls' by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. I've always really liked that title.
I never think about playing them... then this song comes on, or one of several others, and I wonder why I don't listen to them more. 
 GoodKarm wrote:

ditto! {#Dancingbanana}
 

ditto!  
love it
get on with it already......while we are still young

these guys has issues starting songs in a timely manner........
 ziakut wrote:

It would be far more effective...if you offered why you don't like this. Comments like these seem ignorant and unnecessary. I guess I consider the RP community in much higher regard for being articulate and open minded.
 
The Internet's a big place
 shellbella wrote:
this song blows... 

 
It would be far more effective...if you offered why you don't like this. Comments like these seem ignorant and unnecessary. I guess I consider the RP community in much higher regard for being articulate and open minded.
Windows
 michael46 wrote:
Boring.

This song and Ray La Montagne are played much too often

 
{#Boohoo}
Boring.

This song and Ray La Montagne are played much too often
 handyrae wrote:
What is going on with this song? It sounds like there are two things playing at once. Has it always been like that, and I'm only now noticing? I actually like it better this way - the two streams are interacting with each other in a lovely and interesting way.

 
I know I'm hearing this differently than before, and that might be because of the FLAC files BillG's putting out there.  This track does sound a bit more complicated than I remember (I'm also finally over the flu/cold/crud and can hear normally again, so that helps too.)

So maybe you have to "blame" BillG for offering the FLAC files. :-)  PEACE and Long Live RP!!


What is going on with this song? It sounds like there are two things playing at once. Has it always been like that, and I'm only now noticing? I actually like it better this way - the two streams are interacting with each other in a lovely and interesting way.
 lunartica wrote:
I discovered this band here!
 
 
ditto! {#Dancingbanana}
This band should be more popular. Excellent music.
What an excellent piece of music and another brilliant choice by RP.
 bougui wrote:
just upgrade from 9 to 10 !

 
I bumped a 7 to an 8...although not just cuz of this track growing on me....the 7 tracks before this one were all 8s, so, in keeping BillG's AWESOME set going I had to bump it up one. 

And I think another 8 has to come up to make it 8 8s in a row!

Long Live RP!

damn...next track (Run Like Hell by PF was a 9....here's to 9 9s in a row!


 VH1 wrote:
Booooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggg!!{#Sleep}

 
yeah, I keep waiting for something, 
and waiting 
every time I hear the opening synth, I swear I'm going to hear the Strawbs "round and round", or a cover version of it...
He sounds like William Sheller a French singer / poet. Bill, check it out!
Booooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggg!!{#Sleep}
One can now sleep in a decommissioned cab in NYC - with a view (33 dollars, iirc.)
{#Clap} das ist gut
 bougui wrote:
just upgrade from 9 to 10 !

 
Same here {#Clap}
just upgrade from 9 to 10 !
eight miles high playing in my head
This one's a slow burn, but beautiful. Love the way it builds and progresses.
Really a great album overall!
Gonnahaftabuymesome DCFC CDs.
Beautiful........
 
what a sweet sound
Just perfect !

And summer is coming ;-) 
Heard this from a distance, a couple wines in, came into the living room and cranked it up!

Moved it from a 7 to a 9,

Music appreciation is totally dependent on mood and surroundings!!
But, Home is Fire is a fav, in a large part because of the video; it is a good match.

https://youtu.be/CVErSWseFfI
 
 Proclivities wrote:

They tried using Liberace to play the piano part but rigor mortis proved to be a problem.

 
Oh you sneaky bastard. True, all true. 'cept Liberace could actually play the piano. This is all before he started to look like Michael Douglas,

Maintain  consciousness

Chanting sing song has begun

I must sleep right now


 Hippostar wrote:

One of these songs where the piano part is written and played by the guitarist or something like that.

 
They tried using Liberace to play the piano part but rigor mortis proved to be a problem.
 Hippostar wrote:

One of these songs where the piano part is written and played by the guitarist or something like that.

 
Which would you rather have, piano banging out intact chords or piano with left hand playing guitar chords broken into 3 notes over and over (forgive my lack of technical music words)
 msymmes wrote:
Is a piano not a stringed instrument ?
 
Nope. Technically, it's a percussion instrument. I guess because the keys strike the strings.
Wonderful lyrics but not much in length...interesting sound.
influenced by Pink Floyd methinks......
 shellbella wrote:
this song blows... 

 

So does your nose..
I discovered this band here!
 <3 
this song blows... 
Is a piano not a stringed instrument ?

 

Hippostar wrote:

One of these songs where the piano part is written and played by the guitarist or something like that.

 


 btc wrote:
another banging on the piano percussion to yield nerve annoying effect
 
One of these songs where the piano part is written and played by the guitarist or something like that.
My transducers are making my desk shake!   Can't get any work done {#Bananapiano}
 
This song channels some 80s song I can't quite put my finger on. Icehouse "Electric Blue"? Alphaville? This is driving me crazy...
You get a "Ho Hum" rating!
Just a tip for fellow listeners.   Turn this up, up, up and drive safely.
 msymmes wrote:
Supertramp for Cutie.
 
Ha ha ha! I thought the same thing!


I see.
Yessir, he's definitely in love.
 jnesser wrote:
Wow, this gets played a lot. Good song, but there are so many other songs to be played by them.
 
Agreed 
Love both the song and the album.
Wow, this gets played a lot. Good song, but there are so many other songs to be played by them.
 msymmes wrote:
Supertramp for Cutie.

 
 

exactly !
 Giselle62 wrote:
this is a beautiful song and the lyrics fit well with it—-simply stated—-like it a lot.
 



..agree..esp lovely lyrics which suit the airy quality of the music..
The essence of "good enough" music
Supertramp for Cutie.

 
Soul does not meet body on this one IMO {#Wink}
 pomalley wrote:
Great album... needs a bunch of listens to really enjoy it.  Saw them in concert earlier this year.  They rocked.  Not what I was expecting.  
 

Saw them in Cologne and they did NOT ROCK AAAAT ALL!

I left after 65% of the concert! Boring as live-band (to me)...!


Like the band - but certainly not this album!
another banging on the piano percussion to yield nerve annoying effect
A most excellent song by DC4C
Hi,

Can't say it better !

Guillaume

gemtag wrote:
Piano is simplistic

Vocals are subdued

Guitar seems muted.

A good example, for me anyway, of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

Very nice musical arrangement. 
 


Piano is simplistic

Vocals are subdued

Guitar seems muted.

A good example, for me anyway, of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

Very nice musical arrangement. 
this is a beautiful song and the lyrics fit well with it—-simply stated—-like it a lot.
Really like the sound of this one. Too bad the lyrics are flat. (Wish I hadn't gone and looked them up. Sometimes helps my opinion of a song; sometimes it hurts.)
Great album... needs a bunch of listens to really enjoy it.  Saw them in concert earlier this year.  They rocked.  Not what I was expecting.  
 me too  nagsheadlocal wrote:
There are either some really cool production tricks or some very complex chords mixed in here - have to listen to it again but liked it a lot on first listen.
 


this is the kind of annoying crap that happens when a radio staion has to fill 24/7 with music.  some of it will suck.
There are either some really cool production tricks or some very complex chords mixed in here - have to listen to it again but liked it a lot on first listen.
Sorry, do like it!!!
Sorry, don't like it.
Is this the one moment of brilliance on an otherwise disappointing album?
I don't know, I'm actually asking, having been disappointed by Death Cab and Postal Service in the past.
 baba-yaga wrote:

et alors? c'est vrai que cet album est souvent "passé". ce n'en est pas moins un BON album!
 
voila!  encore plus de Death Cab, s'il vous plait!
 rtrudeau wrote:

Not directed personally, Lrobby99, but these sorts of comments make me laugh out loud. If you don't like a band/singer/whatever, they "seem" to be played more than any other band. Pretty simple. Thank goodness RP 2.0 has PSD so we can avoid this problem in the future, right?
 
et alors? c'est vrai que cet album est souvent "passé". ce n'en est pas moins un BON album!
 Lrobby99 wrote:
death cab seems to get more play than any other band.
 
Not directed personally, Lrobby99, but these sorts of comments make me laugh out loud. If you don't like a band/singer/whatever, they "seem" to be played more than any other band. Pretty simple. Thank goodness RP 2.0 has PSD so we can avoid this problem in the future, right?
I love Built to Spill !!! 
Reminiscent of Camel from the 1970's.  Very, very similar.  I like.
 Proclivities wrote:
Quite a likable song; it has a cool ambient feel to it as well.  It seems a lot of folks have very rigid and narrow rules about what music should do.  Contrary to sentiments expressed here, all songs do not have to "go somewhere", and all music does not have to be up-tempo or "foreground".
 
Nice comment.

I am taking this up to a 7.99 !!
 
 
Ludovico Einaudi-?  
 msymmes wrote:
Starts at a 7 for me.  
 
yes, same here... I like the piano.

Starts at a 7 for me.  
 Proclivities wrote:
Quite a likable song; it has a cool ambient feel to it as well.  It seems a lot of folks have very rigid and narrow rules about what music should do.  Contrary to sentiments expressed here, all songs do not have to "go somewhere", and all music does not have to be up-tempo or "foreground".
 

I agree — I believe guitarist Chris Walla plays a key role in the production of the band's songs, and he's produced quite a few notable records by other artists in recent years.
seems like some people are always looking for the payoff...
Quite a likable song; it has a cool ambient feel to it as well.  It seems a lot of folks have very rigid and narrow rules about what music should do.  Contrary to sentiments expressed here, all songs do not have to "go somewhere", and all music does not have to be up-tempo or "foreground".
this song has really grown on me...
nice segue from bruce springsteen's streets of Philadelphia.  third song in a row w/ this kind of ambient feel.
I thought there was a Death Cab song I could get on board with, but then the vocals kicked in.

Do they have any instrumentals?

Great song,  perfect the way it is, hence,  needs no climax.  Too many songs already do that!  


 kcar wrote:
 And no, this song doesn't really take off despite hinting that it will.

Yes, this sounds like the start of a great song and then, eventually, isn't. I think it could do with a more bombastic "pump-and-circumstance" ending

Still quite nice though.


 handyrae wrote:
I'm trying to decide if I like it or not. There's something there I find compelling, but then it also sounds like background music for a movie (the key word being background).
 
A lot of RPers are ambivalent or undecided about DCfC. I liked "Doors Unlocked and Open" that I bought the whole album, but after listening to the 4th or 5th song I realize that I don't want to listen to the singer for much longer. He's got a very mannered style that doesn't work with extended listening. And no, this song doesn't really take off despite hinting that it will. 

 Lrobby99 wrote:
death cab seems to get more play than any other band.
  
Here? No. Try Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler. A close second, I suspect, is Peter Gabriel (as I write this, "Feeling Begins" from "Passion" is thundering away...).  


Yes, I agree. Actually, I think this really needs that David Gilmour solo a lot of people below have wished for... It has that strong undercurrent that would set up a great climax. And then nothing much happens.


 
handyrae wrote:
I'm trying to decide if I like it or not. There's something there I find compelling, but then it also sounds like background music for a movie (the key word being background).
 

Starts at an 8 for me.  We'll see which way it goes from here.......(I'm thinking upwards)
I'm trying to decide if I like it or not. There's something there I find compelling, but then it also sounds like background music for a movie (the key word being background).
{#Music}
I would never thought I'd post on this group - sort of ambivalent.  But it seems when something gets played from this album I have to stop and listen. Some good stuff here.
 GirlFriday wrote:
I used to really like DCFC; they're certainly talented. Now their music is hit or miss for me though. I guess I'm just getting old and cynical. :)
 

If you were truly born in 1985 you can't claim the "getting old".  Just saying - cause where does that leave the rest of us? {#Lol}

But I agree.  This is too sleepy for me.  I'd have to be in the right mood for a listen.

EDIT:
The piano in the background is a little incessant.  Seems like ethereal-eyes-glazed-over music is in these days.  I'd rather listen to Pink Floyd and glaze over.

Kind of dismal and interminable.
death cab seems to get more play than any other band.
 gb72797 wrote:
Expecting David Gilmore to end the song with a solo.... 
 


Bravo!
Eh, still prefer The Postal Service.
 gb72797 wrote:
Expecting David Gilmore to end the song with a solo.... 
 
Would love to have Gilmore included in the whole song, the sounds from his guitar would fit perfectly!

Boy, they do take their own sweet time to get the vocals started... {#Ask}

 gb72797 wrote:
Expecting David Gilmore to end the song with a solo.... 
 
That would be pretty sweet.
Expecting David Gilmore to end the song with a solo.... 
 bbryan wrote:
Damn near ambient...
 
Well put. I like this...
I used to really like DCFC; they're certainly talented. Now their music is hit or miss for me though. I guess I'm just getting old and cynical. :)
Damn near ambient...
Listening before I knew who it was, I thought, OK, this has potential, but it just needs a bit more to get it up to speed.  Kinda nice, though.  I do like DCFC.  My daughter turned me on to them a long time ago, fwiw.
Pleasant, so far...